Reflection

Repleksyon [reflection]

In this new century, many of the world's poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
-- Nelson Mandela

Taken on September 13, 2008 in Binondo District, Manila.  The year 2008 was a very fruitful experience for me when it comes to street photography. I was joining every photo-walk here and there, simply because of the strong motivation to hone my skills and at the same time, make an advocacy out of my photos.

Almost two years since then, I come to reflect on the reasons why I engaged into photography as a hobby.  I am not sure if I have honed my skills. I may not be as prolific in the past months.  However, one thing for sure, is the fact that I have mustered enough motivation to sustain me in the coming years to continue with my photography and hopefully to make a dent in people's minds with my "advocacy shots" to make them more aware of the state of poverty in the country.


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  2. this is truly the case of a "picture paint(ing) a thousand words". way to go, ding! -- donah

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  3. I am torn. I want to use my photography to reflect the beauty of the world around us and of the human spirit...to remind people that it still exists, to give hope, to inspire. At the same time i understand the power of an image, and the responsibility that comes with it, and how it can reach where words cannot. It's all about finding balance, isn't it. You have done this here. :)

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