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Photographer of the Week: Jerry Fer Damian

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

There is a certain calming effect brought about by Jerry Fer Damian’s photos. His pictures convey stillness through the chaos of today’s life, where he freezes a moment and yet brings it to life with his vibrant hues.

  • Holi Festival, Mathura & Barsana, India (Jerry Damian)

    Holi Festival, Mathura & Barsana, India (Jerry Damian)

  • Blue Mosque Istanbul, Turkey (Jerry Damian)

    Blue Mosque Istanbul, Turkey (Jerry Damian)

  • Traditional Dhow Race, Abu Dhabi (Jerry Damian)

    Traditional Dhow Race, Abu Dhabi (Jerry Damian)

  • Tiger Nest , Paro Takstang, Bhutan (Jerry Damian)

    Tiger Nest , Paro Takstang, Bhutan (Jerry Damian)

  • Tatev Monastery, Armenia (Jerry Damian)

    Tatev Monastery, Armenia (Jerry Damian)

  • Tagping-tagping Pangarap, Baler (Jerry Damian)

    Tagping-tagping Pangarap, Baler (Jerry Damian)

  • Stilt Fishing, Ahangama, Srilanka (Jerry Damian)

    Stilt Fishing, Ahangama, Srilanka (Jerry Damian)

  • Sadhus of Khumb Mela, Allahabad, India (jerry Damian)

    Sadhus of Khumb Mela, Allahabad, India (jerry Damian)

  • Omani Lady, Al Hamra, Northeastern Oman (Jerry Damian)

    Omani Lady, Al Hamra, Northeastern Oman (Jerry Damian)

  • Masai Mara, Kenya (Jerry Damian)

    Masai Mara, Kenya (Jerry Damian)

  • Kathmandu, Nepal (Jerry Damian)

    Kathmandu, Nepal (Jerry Damian)

  • Hagia Irene, Topkapi, Istanbul, Turkey (Jerry Damian)

    Hagia Irene, Topkapi, Istanbul, Turkey (Jerry Damian)

  • Photographer of the Week: Jerry Damian

    Photographer of the Week: Jerry Damian

  • Church In Tbilisi, Georgia (Jerry Damian)

    Church In Tbilisi, Georgia (Jerry Damian)

  • Al Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar (Jerry Damian)

    Al Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar (Jerry Damian)

    To achieve this, he requires a lot of patience, waiting for the perfect opportunity to shoot a subject in the streets or in its natural habitat in the wild. “I love taking photos about life,” he explains. “Living things, street, and travel are my favorite themes. I like them because they are somehow candid shots and normally you do not need to interact with the subjects.  In travel photography, though, interactions are necessary because you need to know information for your story. In general, I shoot anything under the sun, if there is opportunity I will take a shot.”

    His creative photos have won several recognitions including the grand prize out of 1,900 entries in a worldwide photo competition in Paris titled “Love Planet.” An OFW who is working as a maintenance supervisor in a waste water treatment plant in Abu Dhabi, he has also won some local photography contests in the UAE as runner-up.

    His interest in photography was sparked when he bought himself a Nikon D90 camera at a shopping festival in Dubai. “I enrolled at Lightform for a basic photography course – because I was too lazy to read the manual,” he laughs. He soon met friends who had the same interest, and they soon formed a group called the BOKEHmons, who fulfilled their passions by going out as barkada to shoot in the streets, and he has also found himself taking off with them on group outings to explore more of the world.

    He looks at photography as a way to document what he sees on his travels to different countries such as the U.S., Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Kenya. “My passion in travelling also boosted my enthusiasm in photography. Every country has its own uniqueness and beauty. Culture, traditions, food, people, environment, and moments are precious experiences that can be restored through photography. Someday I want to start a travel blog,” he discloses. “I just want to show the beauty of the world through photography.” He counts 17 countries among his travels and hopes to visit Bangladesh, Luxor, and Tibet soon.

    His talent is taking lively photos of moving living things with colors and capturing them to show a specific moment or mood. “I believe that every photograph is unique and can never be duplicated. That is why I put my passion into every shoot. Through your photographs, you can look back at a particular point in time and relive that moment and feel that same emotion in your heart at the moment that you were taking it. That is also why sometimes I convert my photos to black and white to show the soul of the image.”

    He also views photography as his mission: “Wherever I go, photography is an integral part of me. I am enjoying and loving it. One way of documenting this precious life from God is through photography.”

     

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