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By Raffy Paredes

When a macaque monkey in Indonesia pressed the shutter of David J. Slater’s camera and by chance took a selfie six years ago, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took to the courts insisting that it was the monkey, Naruto, who had rights to the photo and not Slater. PETA lost the first round in Federal Court last year but an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals recently produced a win-win settlement for both the photographer and the monkey. Slater has agreed on donating 25 percent of future revenue of the images taken by the monkey to charitable organizations that protect Naruto, who lives in the Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and other crested macaques. For its part, PETA dropped the lawsuit (NY Times).

  • Life Giver (Von Yape)

  • Untitled (Jomel F. Lim)

  • Untitled (Jhunelle Sardido)

  • Tama Pa Ba o Tama Na Ba (Jhalyn Karell N. Manipol)

  • The Winding Stairs (Philip Am A.Guay)

  • Ripples (Reniel Renz Gallardo)

  • Poor Man’s Wall (Kiel Jacinto)

  • Binondo (Raphael Evan Grabador)

  • Belfast UK (Michael Calibot)

  • Untitled (Justin Lim Reyes)

    Instant print cameras are definitely back! Kodak’s Printomatic and the Polaroid One-Step 2 camera will be on store shelves by October ready to compete with Fujifilm’s Instax models. According to Kodak’s announcement, the Printomatic has a 10-megapixel image sensor and shoves out printed snaps from the side of its boxy gray or yellow body. These instant memories use Kodak’s own flavor of no-ink Zink 2 x 3-inch photo paper, which is tear- and water-resistant and comes already backed with adhesive for sticking in old-school scrap books or on course work folders. Snappers also get a choice of either full color or black-and-white photo modes. Printomatic has a built-in Li-ion battery, flash and a micro-SD card slot for expandable storage. Price tag is $69.99. The new Polaroid Originals One Step 2 is a fully analog instant camera that’s compatible with both 600 film and a new i-Type film. Features of the OneStep 2 include a high-quality lens (2 foot to infinity), a 60-day battery life, a built-in flash, a self-timer, a rechargeable 1100mAh lithium-ion battery (juiced via USB), and an extremely minimal design that’s easy for anyone to use. Polaroid Originals’ new i-Type film comes in color, black-and-white, and special edition flavors. The “i” in the name stands for “incredible.” The camera will sell for $100 (PetaPixel).

    Two stories of fakery recently became front page photo news. First, the Swiss photographer Madeleine Josephine Fierz who won first place in the Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) and second place in the Fine Art Photo Awards was stripped of the awards after it was revealed that she had won them using someone else’s photo. The winning photo which Fierz submitted as her own was taken by Thai photographer Sasin Tipchai, who had uploaded it under a CC0 license to stock photography website Pixabay. Fierz claimed that since she bought the photo, she could manipulate it a little and claim it as her art. Second, conflict photographer Eduardo Martins has gone into hiding after conning various photo news outlets into publishing stolen war photos which he had claimed as his own. Martins put up an Instagram account with photos of conflict and wove fictitious stories about his background and his travels. His presence on Instagram not only gave him a massive fan base of over 120,000 followers, but it also led to his work being published around the world. He was finally exposed when a BBC Brazil journalist named Natasha Ribeiro became suspicious and dug deeper into Martins’ background.(PetaPixel).

    And now to our featured readers.

    BSBA-Financial Management student Jhalyn Karell Manipol shares a black-and-white photo titled “Tama Pa Ba o Tama Na Ba?” “It is really true that love can basically give each individual ecstasy and at the same time, depression”, writes Jhalyn. “And it is hard to know when is the right time para malaman mo kung tama pa ba na ipaglaban mo at kumapit pa o kailangang tama na ba at itigil na. It’s like a battle of choosing between fighting for the founded love and setting the person you love freely on his own. Yet, we should always remember not to give all and everything just for a temporary happiness since nothing’s permanent and everything can change.”

    From Jhunelle Sardido, a former OFW in Saudi Arabia is an untitled photo of a meat shop in a Riyadh street.

    Jomel Limof Olongapo City sent in the untitled photo of three kids lying on wide steps of a concrete stairway. “The childhood memories are amazing; we had freedom in every way—see everything from a different perspective far from how we perceive life today” he writes. “Hayaan nating maging masaya tayo kahit ano mang pinagdadaanan natin, tingnan ang bawat paghulma ng panahon sa atin. Ano pa ma’y masaya pa ring mabuhay.”

    The photo titled “Life Giver” comes from Von Yape. He shares: “Took this simple photo in Cebu City last week, showing a foreigner sharing a bit of goods to a mother and her child. That is why I entitled this one as ‘Life Giver,’ because for me this image clearly expressed what the good man did—giving food to the mother and child to make it through another day. Though it’s just a little help that he gave, it’s still a good deed.I consider this as ‘life giving’ for these helpless people.It’s a big help for them. I noticed in this city that there are lots of homeless persons/families staying in every corner of the streets begging for some help to survive for another day.”

    Reniel Renz Gallardo, a Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in TLE graduate and former sports editor of the school paper submitted the photo, “Ripples.” Writes Reniel: “The slow motion of moments of the waters of Caliraya on the side of Sitio Magalolon engraved a memory to treasure for a young boy who wants to live responsibly independent even just during weekends and escape the ripple effects of what the everyday routine may bring.”

    Justin Reyes, industrial engineering student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines STE and newbie photographer contributed the black-and-white photo of a hand pressing from behind a glass window. “This photo will always remind me of the moments I lost in photography,” shares Justin. “Fear and hesitation have always been my enemy and will always be my biggest mistake in photography. But these things shouldn’t hinder our growth; these mistakes should make us wiser and bolder.”

    “Binondo,” a funny photo where a mannequin’s upper torso is juxtaposed to the lower body of a man comes from De La Salle coach Raphael Evan Grabador.

    Kiel Jacinto provided the photo titled “Poor Man’s Wall.” He shares: “Isa po siyang abstract photograph.  Two months ko nang  nakikita habang nakasakay ako sa tricycle backride o nakasabit sa sidecar. Nung nagkaron ng pagkakataon mag-stay saglit, nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon kuhanan ng litrato na sa ngayon ay nilagyan ng saku-sakong panambak…Ang lugar na ito ay parte ng isang squatter area. Nakikita nating kadalasan ay pinagtagpi-tagpi ang pagkakabuo ng istraktura. Maitatawag ko rin po itong ‘binuno ng panahon.’”

    Michael Calibot from Makati City, who works as a hotel cleaner in a cruise ship sent in the photo, “Belfast UK.”

    And from Philip Am Guay is “The Winding Stairs” taken at the National Museum with a mobile phone.

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