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Posted on February 16, 2016 at 9:34 am | Categories: blog, News, photography, Print | No comments

Out of obsession in creating and raising awareness in fine art photographic prints – redlab* is born.

redlab* is a highly specialized print studio; run and managed by exhibiting artist focused on Fine-Art photography and custom printing. If you’re looking for a custom printer for your artwork, give us a visit – www.redlabph.com

ILFORD Certified Printer Partner

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 9:16 am | Categories: Awards, blog, News, photography | No comments

ILFORD-CERTIFIED-PRINTER-PARTNER-BADGE

Countless hours of testing; pushing printer, ink and paper to its limits has been noticed. I am now an ILFORD Certified Printer Partner. Personally given by the ILFORD President on January 2016. This strengthens and further fuels my passion in printing only of the highest quality.

ILFORD Master

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 8:43 am | Categories: Awards, News, photography | No comments

Ilford Masters_comps

After being under the House of Ilford back in 2014, ILFORD Imaging has appointed me to be an ILFORD Master. Joining an elite group of global photographers and educators. (more…)

To Judge

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 8:30 am | Categories: blog, News, photography | 3 comments

Immediately after reaching home, with my shoes still on, I reached for my notepad and started clearing things up. I sent it to listeners in attendance whom I personally know. At 2AM I found myself wanting no confusion between what I truly believe in and what just happened. I wanted to explain further with gathered thoughts. I needed to clarify.

This morning, as I do almost everyday, I walk back and forth, back and forth thinking about things. But instead of concerning myself of personal matters, I have the judging scene playing in my head over and over again. I am still hearing the words being mentioned and thinking what could have I done better. What could have I done more. Or maybe, just maybe, I was in the wrong place.

Last nights judging of images left me somehow uneasy.

I applaud the participants in putting a part of themselves out there ready to be judged, specially knowing that the judges does not have a clue where they’re coming from. It takes a certain amount of courage to bare a part of yourself open for critique. It is not easy to hear things that finds you lacking but the experience, when handled wisely, can be a motivation to be more.

Our work  is a reflection of ourselves. And by the same token, the opinion of the judges are mirrors of their personal aesthetic, mindset and history. You change the judge, you change the winner.

If we truly believe that photography is an art, and this is key, then it should be about expression. Like in any other forms of art, it’s never about replication. It should be an interpretation. And to judge what is better only by technicalities is rather incomplete and somehow a path in the wrong direction. Governed by conventional do’s and dont’s, to the inexperienced, it is a slippery slope towards mediocrity.

Indeed a judge must be careful not to ‘box-in’ its listeners and allow creativity to nourish.

There is different approach, albeit not designed for competition, but a good ground for learning – a review. And a review can only be done with a dialogue with its creator. Only by knowing the aim of the photographer that we can assist in ways or methods that could be used to convey thoughts and emotions visually.

Truly that the art and the craft must come hand in hand – I have no doubts about it. A technically masterful image without a soul would make one into a machine, while a soulful image without technical mastery risks the message of not getting across.  But should one be forced to choose, I hope that we choose the latter rather than the former.

As Ansel Adams once said There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”

With personal definitions abound, I think we can all agree that art is not like a sport that a true winner can be gauged by speed, strength and height. Its true measure is our inner voice.

 

House of Ilford

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:01 am | Categories: News, photography | No comments

House of Ilford

I would like to thank Ilford for their confidence and support in my work. A brand  leader in Black and White photography, it is an honor to be among the top Black and White photographers across the globe.

http://www.houseofilfordphoto.com/photographers.html

Exhibition: Macau Arts and Fine Art Fair

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Categories: Exhibition, News, photography | No comments

Macau Fair

With the help of my representing gallery in Macau, my work will be among the art shown in the Venetian Macao. I am excited to showcase my new body of work, Ephemera. (more…)

Workshop: Larrios + Ognita

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:16 am | Categories: News, photography, Workshop | No comments

Ognita Larrios

The first collaboration of two Black and White Landscape Filipino photographers.  I have known Richard since 2006, and had the opportunity to personally meet him in 2007. Based in Singapore, Richard flew over for the 2 day workshop held in Bataan. (more…)

Workshop: La Union

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 10:39 am | Categories: News, photography, Workshop | No comments

La Union poster

In cooperation with Hukbong Litratista of La Union, I was invited to La Union for a workshop. I have spent 3 days in the company of old and new friends. Needless to say, I really enjoyed my time. From the very warm welcome to my very gracious hosts, all I can say is thank you! (more…)

Exhibition: Breathe

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 9:44 am | Categories: Exhibition, News, photography, Print | No comments

Link: http://whatson.macaucloser.com/event/breathe

 

Interview: UNTV Spotlight

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 9:01 am | Categories: Interview, News, photography | No comments

UNTV

It is always nice to share, better if you’re sharing with a wider audience. And though, it was a real challenge facing a camera with a bunch of people, I was able to do it. Not that good, but still – you have to start somewhere 🙂

Thanks to Jheanne for her patience and UNTV for the opportunity to share.

Link of the interview:
http://www.untvweb.com/video/spotlight/#video=23968

FOTO4ALL

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Categories: News, photography, Published | No comments

foto4all

I was invited to show some images on my portfolio at FOTO4all.ro. Foto4All is a Romanian based PDF photography E-Magazine. Happy to oblige. (more…)

Workshop: Beyond Monochrome

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 10:06 am | Categories: News, photography, Workshop | One comment

Beyond Monochrome

So after years of photography, I have done my first photography workshop in my hometown. Organized by friends and fellow photographers, the workshop was conducted for 2 days. I am humbled by all the participants. Some came from far away places and some are very well known photographer. All veterans in photography. (more…)

Photography Blogger

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Categories: Interview, News, photography | No comments

Had the opportunity to come across Christopher. He writes for Photographyblogger.net and a landscape photographer himself. Christopher asked if I wanted to share my work with his readers.

Thanks Christopher! (more…)

PX3 2012

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Categories: Awards, News, photography | No comments

PARIS, FRANCE
PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3) ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PX3 2012 COMPETITION.
ReD Ognita of Philippines was Awarded: Second Prize in category Fine Art for the entry entitled, ” Sanctified .” The jury selected PX3 2012’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

Ang Kulang

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Categories: blog, life, News, photography | No comments

Minsan, totoo na meron kang nalalagpasan. Minsan, mugugulat ka na meron ka pa lang ginto sa baul. At ganito nga ang nangyari.

Akala ko.

Malaki ang potensyal. Sinimulan ko buuin ang litrato. Mula sa pinaka maliit na bagay, hanggang sa malaki. Bawat kanto, bawat antas ng liwanag at dilim – sukat. Ang proportion at pagkakapantay pantay ng mga bagay? halos ikabulag. Binalik balikan ng madaming araw. Baka excited lang dahil bago. Pero habang tumatagal, habang binubuo – lalong gumaganda. Lalo akong ginaganahan. Konti na lang. Malapit na. Pagdaan ng maraming oras – natapos din.

Ang ganda. Tama ang sukat. Tama ang liwanag. Tama ang dilim. Pantay naman. Iniisip ko na kung gelatin print o’ pigment print sa papel na may OBA ang kailangan para mas maganda. Pero teka, pahinga muna.

Babad sa monitor. Tingin tingin. Ligo-tingin-kain-tingin… parang may kulang. Maganda naman, pero parang may kulang talaga. Di ko lang alam. Technically superior naman, naglalaro sa 235 hanggang 240 ang highlights at may shadow detail na nasa 10-25. Andaming pero. Parang tennis sa pag aalinlangan kung pangit ba o’ hindi – pabalik balik.

At sa biglang bugso ng lakas ng loob – ipost na sa facebook yan!

Pag dating sa facebook – pangit. Pangit ang compression ng facebook. Nagsisikan ang tono, nabasag ang mga detalye at sumagad ang highlights. Pangit ang litrato. Talo.

Pero nakita ko ang kulang.

Nakita ko na nakasandal ang ganda ng litrato sa teknikal nyang aspeto. Malinaw na kapag ito ay nawala ‘o nabawasan man lang, guguho ang buong larawan. Parang walang pakiramdam. Walang emosyon na ibinibigay. Walang kaluluwa. At yun na nga ang kulang.

Dahil sa realidad man o’ litrato, hindi lang teknikalidad ang nagpapanalo.

Pambihira, simbahan pa naman.

St. Andrew – Singapore 2011

 

BLURReD

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Categories: Interview, News, Published | 2 comments

The Great Divide is published on issue 25 of Blur Magazine | Tetra.

BLUR is a quarterly published interactive magazine dedicated for creative photography.
TETRA | is a section dedicated to a specific type of photography: black and white, square-format images that are recognizable for their minimalism and high aesthetic value, often making use of long exposures. The section name comes from the Greek word for the number four, which symbolizes the four equal sides of the format.

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Western Academy of Beijing

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 10:42 am | Categories: Interview, News, photography | No comments

It was an honor being invited to the Western Academy of Beijing’s Career Fair. Speaking in behalf of photography, I was with professionals in Journalism, Film and Media. Reluctant at first but I decided to go. I figured that it’d be great to have the chance to inspire others in photography – as I was inspired by many.  (more…)

Interview: China Radio International

Posted on February 11, 2012 at 11:58 am | Categories: Interview, News, photography | No comments

Sharing an audio interview with the Filipino Broadcast of China Radio International.
The interview was fully conducted in Tagalog by a Chinese reporter who speaks my native language. Click more for the full interview. (more…)

Interview: ReD on Andrew Gibson’s Blog

Posted on January 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Categories: Interview, News, photography | No comments

Sharing a recent interview with Andrew.  Andrew is freelance writer that contributes to EOS Magazine, Arts & Crafts, Peachpit press and other photography magazines. We took a glimpse of my work, what’s going in my head and some personal truths. It took more the 4 weeks for this interview to be completed (well the holidays kicked-in) but it is truly worth it. Click more for the full interview

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One Frame Magazine

Posted on January 15, 2012 at 8:50 am | Categories: News, photography, Published | No comments

Published on the second issue of One Frame Magazine, I was able to share images and insights on some of my work.
ReD on One Frame: [.pdf]