Halo-halo is from a Tagalog word “halò”, which means “to mix”. This delectable concoction is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk, and added with various sliced fruits and boiled sweet beans, and served in a tall glass or bowl.
“Kiss your life. Accept it, just as it is. Today. Now. So that those moments of happiness you’re waiting for don’t pass you by.” ~ Philip Bosman
This Badjao baby caught my eye as I walked carefully on wooden planks stretched across the waters within a cluster of houses built tightly and interconnected by footpaths. The family welcomed me into their community, even though I was a stranger in their eyes, just passing by to document their unique way of life. I took note of their smiling faces, houses on stilts, and their floating boats as vehicles.
“Street photography is the most challenging form of discipline because it is spontaneous, unpredictable, and a reflection of lifestyle and culture, good and bad. The documentation of candid moments trains you to be a keen observer in life, sheds your inhibitions, teaches you to socialize better in your environment, and gives you faster motor reflexes. If practiced well, it turns your everyday snapshots into memorable art.
“My hand is empty, I can’t offer you anything. But let me have your pain, it doesn’t belong to you.” ~ Dodinsky
In 1997, street photography in Indonesia started my journey to photojournalism, eventually pushing me to explore portrait, landscape and travel which is part of the field I specialize in. Come take a walk with me for one day, as I share how I observe, compose and capture scenes around me. It will provide a fun and helpful training ground for you too.” ~ Jojie A.
I captured these Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) inside the banana plantation of the vast Hijo Estate which is also home to the posh and private Lanikai Resort in Tagum City, just an hour away from my city of Davao.
“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” ~ Alice Walker
“When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood.” ~ Sam Ewing Camiguin Island at sunset © Jojie Alcantara