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Photographer of the week: NENITA RAMOS

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By Maan D’Asis Pamaran

For her family, art was a pastime, something a young Nenita Matienzo Ramos was allowed to do on school break, but for her it was a passion.

“Even as a child, I was fond of painting and drawing, and most of the time, I preferred this to my studies. I was scolded because of it, and that was the reason why my mom set up a rule that I could only do it during vacations,” she grins.

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    There is art in her soul, and her soul is in art. Nenita was discouraged from pursuing her passion as not much more than a hobby. Told that oft-repeated line “fine arts will bring you nowhere,” she took up a business course. However, as soon as she passed her board exam, she asked for a camera as her reward. “There was no stopping me,” she laughs, describing herself as trigger-happy lass. “The camera became a part of my travels and having many rolls of 12, 15, 36 shots was regular for me.”

    She migrated to digital with a point-and-shoot camera, but she soon hankered for a DSLR. “Wanting to sharpen my photography skills, I enrolled in a digital photography course. When I got there, I was so embarrassed to find that my classmates all had big DSLRs. That made me determined to have one of my own.” The Nikon D40 became a D90, then a D7000. She has also invested in gear and in workshops and open shoots, and opened her own small studio, Light Trails Photo and Video Services. “Now that I am retired, I do my work as a virtual assistant on the side, and work on my photography and videography projects through the company that I put up.”

    Her art has been recognized in several photo competitions, and she is proud of the fact that she is one of the official photographers for the World Photographic Cupin 2020. Her photography has also been instrumental in glorifying the Creator, she adds.

    “It was during my travels in Europe I realized the goodness and greatness of God,” Nenita shares. “Goodness because it was during my lifetime that I have witnessed the great Jubilee celebration. The awesome feeling of being there uplifted me. The least that I could do to remember is to capture every significant moment, every artifact that was never shown to the public for decades.”

    Ever the artist, she has her own choice of expression in her chosen medium. “I am inspired by the renaissance. The classical mood make my photos stand out by transforming them to paint like works of art.” She explains, “The best thing about being a photographer is the freedom of expression. You can make your imagination take on real form.  I believe that design, styling, and exposure are parts of the process, but it’s the composition and its post-processing that play the most completing the story and art form. For composition, most of the time I use the triangle eye movement to complete the story while for post-processing, it is like I am painting— I use light and shadows, and blending of colors.”

    For Nenita, photography is an expression of her soul, because of the emotions she uses to capture and transform them to art. “Through photography, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Like poetry, it’s my product of the nothingness of darkness that becomes beautiful when captured by light.”

     

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