Here's a camera club that charges the least amount of yearly dues in the Philippines: Nikon Club! Php 750 per annum-why pay more? Please inform moi if any camera club charges lower. It's the perfect camera club for everyone-actually...celebrating two years of existence. Were it not for my Cebu weekend workshop I would gladly witness their celebration! Congratulations Nikon Club-more power and creative longevity to you! I'm with you in spirit bebe.
My great photography mentor, Dr. Joey Tanedo-asst. dean of the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines (Diliman, Quezon city) launches another solo exhibit. This Filipino master of photography can blend the old and new school of imaging seamlessly. His quiet demeanor and quiet presence in the photo industry belies his artistic fire within. A generous and educational drinking buddy, he is a spectacle to behold when this grand master launches into an academic, intellectual, artistic discourse (on the arts-of course) in alcoholic stupor. Congratulations yet again sir-let's drink up to that!
The FPPF will hold Cebu Photography Workshop 7 (CPW7) on July 23-25, 2010 at the Sacred Heart Center in Cebu City. CPW7 is Basic Photography workshop covering topics that include digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera operation, composition, elements of design and basic photographic lighting – using studio strobes and available light. Venue for CPW7 is the Sacred Heart Center along D. Jakosalem St. in Cebu City. The workshop fee of P5,750 includes meals for the 3-day event. FPPF photography instructors (including yours truly) from Manila are flying in to Cebu for the workshop. See y'all there!
Rumor has it that a famous Filipino fashion photographer has started to shoot the Philippines' first-ever fashion photography tv show early this month. It is said to be aired early next month. It goes to show you that the Philippines is a portal of creative energy in the fine arts. More on this topic in the future. Keep your fingers crossed. Mabuhay ang litratistang Pinoy!
My Fine Arts college batchmate in Edwin Bautista passed away last week at the Medical City hospital in Ortigas due to a massive heart attack. Words fail me to praise and describe this very vibrant soul. His family, relatives and many, many friends paint a bright image of Edwin. All I can say is that he was one of the good guys on the planet with a very contagiously happy and intense aura. My last project with him (as team leader) was shooting the SM Parisian line during the Philippine Fashion Week this year. Oh my-how ad photography became of this him (this Pasig restaurant entrepreneur by night) in less that two years! Here is my portrait of him last year using my Nikon DSLR with an old Nikkor 50mm f/1,2. Truly a worthy, compassionate titan of advertising photography in Shutterbug Inc's corporate history in Makati city. What a great colleague and friend indeed. My heart is always moved by the mere mention of his name. And he is sorely missed-what a cool dude! Bye for now Edwin...see you someday!