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Photographer of the Week: Anthony Austria

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

As a photographer, Arch. Anthony Tario Austria favors the use of black and white to capture his subjects in their everyday situations. It is a homage of sorts to his own struggles while growing up.

“My parents separated when I was still a child. Money was hard, we barely had enough for extras. I also learned to be independent at a very young age – I was only six years old when I started going to school by myself,” shares Anthony.

He found solace and extra income through art. “I liked to draw and paint, and when opportunities such as art contests presented themselves, I took it. When I won in poster-making contests during  high school, for example, I would have a little bit of extra money for my baon and for buying new clothes.”

He went on to study at the Mapua Institute of Technology (now Mapua University), and embarked on a career overseas. Now, Anthony works as a consultant architect/partner at Ibarra Design Architect and Builders and senior architect designer at EHAF Consulting Engineers UAE.

  • Unknown (Anthony Austria)

    Unknown (Anthony Austria)

  • Twins (Anthony Austria)

    Twins (Anthony Austria)

  • The Paradise (Anthony Austria)

    The Paradise (Anthony Austria)

  • The Art Of Fishing (Anthony Austria)

    The Art Of Fishing (Anthony Austria)

  • Reflection Of Faith (Anthony Austria)

    Reflection Of Faith (Anthony Austria)

  • Priceless Happiness (Anthony Austria)

    Priceless Happiness (Anthony Austria)

  • Majestic Symmetry (Anthony Austria)

    Majestic Symmetry (Anthony Austria)

  • Life From Bamboo (Anthony Austria)

    Life From Bamboo (Anthony Austria)

  • Golden Time (Anthony Austria)

    Golden Time (Anthony Austria)

  • Golden Hand (Anthony Austria)

    Golden Hand (Anthony Austria)

  • Farmer (Anthony Austria)

    Farmer (Anthony Austria)

  • Black Beauty (Anthony Austria)

    Black Beauty (Anthony Austria)

  • Cousins-Bestfriends (Anthony Austria)

    Cousins-Bestfriends (Anthony Austria)

  • Akilah (Anthony Austria)

    Akilah (Anthony Austria)

  • Guiding Lights Siena, Finalist (Anthony Austria)

    Guiding Lights Siena, Finalist (Anthony Austria)

  • Dream Big Emirates ID, Grand Prize (Anthony Austria)

    Dream Big Emirates ID, Grand Prize (Anthony Austria)

  • A Moment Of Innocence, Sharaf DG, First Prize (Anthony Austria)

    A Moment Of Innocence, Sharaf DG, First Prize (Anthony Austria)

  • Reyna Elena, HIPA Finalist (Anthony Austria)

    Reyna Elena, HIPA Finalist (Anthony Austria)

  • Burqa, Fujairah Photography Awards, Grand Prize Series (Anthony Austria)

    Burqa, Fujairah Photography Awards, Grand Prize Series (Anthony Austria)

  • Nikon I Am Movement Photo Awards, Third Place Award (Anthony Austria)

    Nikon I Am Movement Photo Awards, Third Place Award (Anthony Austria)

    It was during his time abroad that he discovered photography. “I just had a feeling that I would do well in it,” he shares. This was why he bought a Nikon D90 and attended a seminar. “After that seminar, I joined a contest and won! That camera is still with me, I want to just keep it in my house as a display, because that camera has won me big competitions,” he laughs.

    He has already been given prestigious recognitions for his body of work. Anthony is a Bayani awardee for the Architect category of the Dubai Philippines Embassy Consul. The National Commission of Culture and the Arts has also recognized his Visual Art at the Ani ng Dangal Awards. He also won photography awards at the UAE, where he is based. The first contest he joined was in 2014 and he won first place at the Western Region Al Ghabria Photography competition and Sharaf DG world photography celebration. He was also the grand prize winner in the Arabian Eye Street Photography and Fujairah Photography awards in 2017.

    His photos have a “documentary and photojournalism aspect” he describes, with a depth that looks into the lives of other people from the perspective of heritage and culture, and issues concerning poverty and child labor. “I think this is strongly influenced by my own background. I want to draw from my life experiences as a way to influence others to not only see, but also to feel.”

    A strong image comes from the heart, he adds. “I think that my urge to tell my story and reflection of my own struggles by highlighting those of others through my photos helps to differentiate me from other artists.”

    Most of his work is processed in black and white, to show the stark contrasts that one can experience in the real world. “Maybe it is also because my own life experience was sad,” he jokes. “Kidding aside, I grew up looking at art as a weapon against poverty.”

    His first dream through his art was for his parents to become proud of him. Now, he shares his ultimate goal as something that has a larger scope: “I want to be able to make an iconic contribution to the world of art, every time I take photos, I do not think about winning competitions. Instead, I want to be able to produce a masterpiece that will bring pride to the Philippines.“

     

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