I’ve spoken with a probinsyana who’s too ashamed to say where she is from: Balatan. A far-flung coastal town in Bicol; unheard and not much to boast of.
She would rather tell people she is from Iriga city. An hour’s drive away and not much, much better off from Balatan.
It’s sad when a hometown’s imperfections don’t make one a proud native of.
Iriga, in fact, is a struggling municipality itself. And most Irigueños I know feel the same way too as she is to her place of origin — blank.
Here is where Street Photography comes in:
I don’t care what your place’s name is actually. Whatever charm or chip it may hold, it will surely be an interesting place for street photography — the art of seeing/capturing beauty out of the ordinary.
Truth is I have taken street photography to Iriga city and the response to my collection of the “unseen” side of the city was fulfilling if not overwhelming.
You see, for people to be fully appreciative of their settings, one has to usher them to a whole new different light.
And so come this 1st of October, I will be bringing this city its first Scott Kelby WorldWide Photowalk.
A photography walk which will cover the uptown, midtown and the downtown side of the city, for purposes of competition, creativity, and camaraderie.
AND to prove that no place is too dull for photography.
Join this Walk if you must.