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Through the lens of Bea Alonzo


By Sara Grace C. Fojas
Images by Santu Mofokeng Fo

There were two starfishes on the sand—one with five arms, the other with only four, one arm broken and missing. Beside it was the caption: “Broken crayons still color,” telling every viewer that no matter what your struggles are in life, you still have your worth.

The photographer was Bea Alonzo, the actor we knew as Basha in One More Chance, or Andeng in A Love to Last. But Bea is neither Basha nor Andeng but Bea, the young woman who loves to travel and capture memories along the way.

“I got interested in photography ever since I started traveling. It was a long time ago. I think it was through Instagram that people first heard about my interest and also when I started sharing my photos. It’s not like I’m a professional photographer. It’s just my hobby,” says Bea.

  • #BTRAVELS Bea uses this hashtag in her travel photos using Fujifilm X-T20. Photo shows one of her shots at the beach during a vacation

    On her spare time, she would browse photos on Instagram, especially by her photographer friends BJ Pascual and Mark Nicdao, as well as Mario Testino, all three of whom somehow served as her inspirations in photography.

    “I don’t have a particular subject that I always take a photo of. It can be a person. It can be a place or food, anything I find interesting. I don’t like following rules when it comes to photography. Some people say that sometimes my lighting is wrong. I like taking photos of people and there are times it is a bit washed out and you’ll only see a silhouette. People would comment that it’s not right but I like it and I find it interesting. My photography is more for myself and less for other people, and as long as it makes me happy,” she says.

    She likes the camera she brings to her trips light and easy to carry, like the Fujifilm X-T20.

    “Before, in order to have a good photo, you had to bring a DSLR with you with a couple of extra lens, just so you could get the perfect shot. Now there are cameras that are developed to make things easier for you. I like that this camera has an instant filter where photos appear dreamy and you don’t need to worry about the quality,” she says.

    The compact and lightweight Fujifilm X-T20 is equipped with APS-C sized 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III※1 sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. The updated sensor and processor, along with a reworked AF algorithm, boost the camera’s startup time and aperture performance, dramatically improving its ability to track moving subjects. This guarantees a much quicker shooting and capturing time. With just one click, you’ll be able to stabilize and capture your subject.

    Its tilting touch screen LCD monitor enables users to shoot from a variety of angles with ease. It also has enhanced video functionality, capable of capturing 4K movies with Fujifilm’s popular Film Simulation modes.

    The Fujifilm X-T20(Body Only, P50,990; X-T20 with 16-50mm only, P56,990; X-T20 with 18-55mm only, P67,990 camera is part of Fujifilm’s Mirrorless Digital Camera X-series (Colors available: silver and black).Fujifilm products are sold at authorized dealers nationwide.; Instagram/@fujifilmphlifestyle; Facebook/fujifilmphlifestyle

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