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Photographer of the Week: Jay Vincent Campo

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

Music was Jay Vincent Campo’s first love. He was playing the keyboard back in grade school, and eventually became a member of the Palo Ambassadors, a musical group that performs regularly at the famed Palo Cathedral in Leyte. The group has a marching band, an orchestra, and a rondalla, and Jay proudly says that he plays with all of them—as he is adept at playing the euphonium (a brass instrument), the Filipino string instrument bandurria, and the bass guitar. “I was also part of a reggae group that competed in Battle of the Bands and we would usually win first place,” he says.

  • Yellow (Jay Vincent Campo)

    Yellow (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Tin Daria (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    The Pintados Ritual (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    The Lovely Interaction (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    The Debutante Zas Oliva (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    The Debutante Yna (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Smile (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Reflection (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Princess Jellianne (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Patrene (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Ocean Princess (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Na Hiling, Pintados Photo Contest 2nd Placer (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    My Fantasy Can Hold You, But My Reality Can't (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Mirror (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Merhan and Pat (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Look for a Fairy tale (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Lavendress (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Jel (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Hamili (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Forest (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Festival Queen (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Fairy Lights (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Christine April Daria

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    Butterfly (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Black and White (Jay Vincent Campo)

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    Beautiful In White (Jay Vincent Campo)

  • Baby Savior (Jay Vincent Campo)

    Baby Savior (Jay Vincent Campo)

    It was a tragedy that actually pushed him to try photography. “An aunt gifted me with a Canon G2. I was still in the process of trying it out when Typhoon Yolanda struck our hometown. I used the camera to document the damage to our house, and what was also happening outside. I then traveled to Cebu to send my aunt those photos to show her that we were all fine back home, because there was no Internet in Leyte at that time.”

    He documented the struggles of his province, through his simple photos.  There was not much he could do, he says, but having a small audience appreciate his photos drove him to learn more about the art of photography. His aunt replaced his camera with a Canon 1100D, and through his work in Cebu as a project coordinator, he was able to save enough for a Canon 700D. He also worked hard in Cebu to save enough to set up a photo booth business. “I wanted to have a source of income when I went home to Leyte,” he recalls.

    To improve on his craft, he trained as a second photographer with his friends, and joined seminars and workshops by known lensmen such as Manny Librodo, for which he even saved money just to attend because it was held in Iloilo. “I even travel to some places of the Philippines just to attend these events to help me further improve my skills in this field. Joining photo contests was another way for me to learn more. This year, I came in at second place at the first Pintados Photo Contest held in Tacloban City.”

    He is likewise a member of the PhotoWalker Tacloban Group, and has started his own photography group, Memo Clips (www.facebook.com/memoclips). Jay shares that he is happy with how far his photography has come. “I am able to help my family with our daily necessities and I am helping my youngest sibling go to school by giving him an allowance whenever I can.”

    As in music, his photos have different cadences. “My photos show emotions. Mostly,they are happy, but sometimes I have more serious ones depending on the concept and subject. In general, I use colorful or lively styles as my preference to my pictures, which are mostly portraits.”

    According to Jay, there is a similarity between his love for music and for photography. “With both aspects of art, you connect with your audience, you show emotions and elicit feelings of joy, sadness, or excitement. They both mirror the movements of life through their different tempos. It is your job either as a musician or a photographer to capture that through your chosen instrument.”

     

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