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Photographer of the Week: Christoper Henry P. Fernandez

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

Growing up, Christoper Henry P. Fernandez has always been a fan of magazines, reading Time, Life, and National Geographic. Looking at the striking images has spurred his interest in photography. After some exposure with his DSLR camera, he began taking photos of school events.

  • Wall (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Wall (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Sumlang Lake (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Sumlang Lake (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Morning Burn (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Morning Burn (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Hot Air Balloon (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Hot Air Balloon (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Rainbow Hot Air Balloon (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Rainbow Hot Air Balloon (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • MassKara (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    MassKara (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Look Up (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Look Up (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Gold (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Gold (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Miss Earth (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Miss Earth (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Parokya ni Edgar (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Parokya ni Edgar (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Sponge Cola (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Sponge Cola (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Grandma (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Grandma (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Modified (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Modified (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Under the Rain (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Under the Rain (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Determined (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Determined (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Fencer (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Fencer (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • Baler Sunrise (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    Baler Sunrise (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

  • A Moment of Solitude (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    A Moment of Solitude (Christoper Henry P. Fernandez)

    By 2012 he decided to delve into the art by taking up lessons under Jo Avila and a year later, he started contributing to a car magazine and a men’s magazine that featured female models.  Of the experience, Christopher shares, “There are a lot of gray areas when it comes to the human body. Some consider these areas of photography as a taboo and is frowned upon. But as an artist, I consider the human body as an empty canvas as I paint it with light, capturing different shapes and curves and forms of details. There is nothing wrong with exposing the human body and using it as an art form.”

    To widen his horizons, he joined the Framed Shots (FS) Camera Club in 2013, and he adds that it has contributed to his growth as a photographer, giving him the confidence to pursue his craft by joining the De La Salle University Green Media Group, which then led to work with the university’s strategic communications office on official campus-related events and portraits.

    As a photographer who believes in lifelong learning, Christoper also considers finding mentors and joining groups as important in one’s growth. “I’ve learned that there is always someone, somewhere who will know something that you don’t and that is true in any industry. You can try to replicate the fish ball vendor’s sauce at home but it will never taste the same. People who have been a staple in the industry will have trade secrets that only they would know. This is why having a mentor who will teach and critique you will help develop your skills.” Calling FS camera club as his “family,” he adds that having a circle of friends sharing the same passion would then ignite your drive to do better with some friendly competition and knowledge exchange.

    He trains his lens on his two favorite themes, landscapes and portraits. “I have this special connection in my heart with nature. It gives me both the relaxation and adrenaline when it comes to taking photos of crashing waves, the strong winds in the mountains, or the background noise it provides when you are in a calm scenario,” he describes. It is not always peace and calm, of course, there is always a risk of losing your gear. He recalls shooting the waves of Baler, Aurora where he found himself in pitch dark at 4 a.m. in thigh deep water with a rock against his back. “That has been my most challenging shoot to date,” he shares.

    With portraits, he tends to play with texture and color. “When taking photographs of older people, I tend to use black and white to give emphasis to the details of their skin. When a portrait that has a lot of elements, I make the color pop. I am an introvert, but when I take portraits, I become very comfortable talking to strangers,” he smiles.

    The 24-year-old lensman calls himself an artist at heart. “I want to immortalize moments and people through images. My goal is to one day I could make an impact to the generations who grew up in the digital age by showing them that that there is more to photography than just clicking that shutter.”

     

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