A Frenchman once asked how come Filipinos are on a roll in BlackandWhiteStreet. His curiosity stems from the popular street photography website’s tab which shows Pinoys are among the top ten in individual ranking and with the Philippines in the top three for country ranking (first is India). I told him: aside from the fact that we have a lot of brilliant photographers, Manila — the place and the people that is — is excellent for street photography. In Paris, they have rules when shooting in public places. In Beijing, you have to be unseen when shooting at people otherwise they might come up against you. In Manila, you have to be unseen when shooting at people otherwise they will strike a pose.
So far, leading the Filipino pack are Jayvee Sotto Mataro and Ateneo Sta. Ines ( “Ka Teni” to many, this guy is surrounded by fascinating details only he has the ability to see.) Anyway, RANKING in BlackandWhiteStreet does not neccessarily constitute the presence of an inter-national competition. When it comes to photography, all are actually one nation.
Last Saturday I took the time to join these big guns at Scott Kelby’s WORLDWIDE PHOTOWALK (WWPW) in Manila. The ‘walk’, led by FUJIFILM ambassador Rommel Bundalian, covers the Malate and Ermita area. From the Rajah Sulayman Shrine to Rizal Park and back. Unfortunately for me, I have to take off so soon (nautusan lang bumili ng suka).
But not without a few clicks:
Dominador Jacolbe a.k.a Jun Jacob, the lone Pinoy admin for BlackandWhitestreet.
Rommel Bundalian encircled by a posse of FUJIFILM bugs.