By Raffy Paredes
Here are today’s featured readers and their photos.
Untitled (Ma. Danyca Katrina Castro Yarte)
Untitled (Carlo G. Caharian)
Town Pirates (Raphael F. Cortez)
Renaissance (Jan Miguel A. Lopez)
Lingayen Fisherman (Daryl Salazar)
Fly High (Liemuel Pantuhan)
Fiesta (Bryan Velasco Ilao)
Country Roads (May Molina)
Clouds, Curves, and Stars (Marie Jaeza Panlilio)
Araw (John Andrew Enriquez)
May Molina, a photography enthusiast shares her photo titled “Country Roads” taken from a recent trip to Batanes. Her accompanying text reads: “Whenever I’m on the road, it makes me feel excited. Not because I want to reach my destination fast, but because I can’t wait to see things during my journey. I always want to see the streets, the vehicles, the unending lights; I think those are where the real experiences lie.”
From Bulacan, 14-year-old Ma. Danyca Katrina Castro Yarte, a student of the St. Michael School of Marilao sent in an untitled photo of a lone banca on the water at sunset. She shares: “I become serious with this hobby when I joined Xa10 Club and started to meet different photographers that kept me more motivated with my passion. This is what I live to shoot – reflection, scenery, and street. At my young age, I want to learn more and also to inspire others of the age like me. That it doesn’t matter what is your gear or how old or young are you. As long as you love what you’re doing, you will keep your hand clicking.”
From Carlo Caharian, a senior high school graduate is an untitled black-and-white of young boys gamely posing for a photo. He shares what drew him to street photography after trying different genres. “Nalaman ko na mas nakaka-enjoy pala kapag kinukuhanan mo yung action in the streets…Masarap sa pakiramdam pag nakikita ko yung final output ko na may nakangiting tao na di ko naman kilala…Bawat larawan ko ay maraming kwento, kapag gusto ko tingnan bawat picture napapangiti na lang ako kasi alam ko naging parte din sila ng buhay ko at sobrang saya ko bilang litratista.”
The sports photo, “Fly High,” comes from Liemuel Pantuhan, photo hobbyist and student of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at Capitol University. He writes that this was his winning photo entry (Straight out of Camera) during the Skimboarding and Endless Photography Competition held in Tabok, Opol, Misamis Oriental. The photo features Sonny “Bayogyog” Aborpo, an international skimboarder champion from Mati, Davao Oriental. Liemuel is a member of Sakada de Kodaker, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
Incoming college freshman Raphael Cortez submitted the photo of young boys enjoying the flood on a makeshift boat titled “Town Pirates.” He relates how he got into photography. “When I was 16, my uncle sold his camera to my father. No one in the family had an interest in photography except my father which I didn’t know before so no one really used it the first few weeks and then I picked it up and thought ‘maybe I should just try it out.’ It’s been three years since then and now I do it almost every day. I see photography as a way of capturing something more than a moment or a thought; I see it as preserving a feeling or an emotion. It’s a way of seeing someone’s progression and your own improvement.”
“Araw,” a black-and-white photo of the flag at the Luneta park with looming stormy clouds in the background comes from John Andrew Enriquez. John describes himself as an amateur photographer who loves to shoot in black and white.
Bryan Velasco Ilao, part-time instructor at Laguna State Polytechnic University-San Pablo City Campus contributed the photo of colorful umbrellas aligned above the street titled “Fiesta.”
Daryl Salazar shares his black-and-white photo of what he calls a common scene in the Pangasinan Gulf titled “Lingayen Fisherman.”
Jan Miguel Lopez, a customer service representative from The Results Companies, Inc. sent in the photo, “Renaissance.”
And from Marie Jaeza Panlilio is “Clouds, Curves and Stars.” “This shot was taken last May in Zambales,” writes Marie. “A double exposure shot of the Milky Way and my #smec model, Julius Garillo. Thus, this shot is a gift of art.”
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