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His catch, my catch

Fisher's catch by Jojie Alcantara

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.” ~ Samuel Johnson

This was captured on a beach in my birthplace of Mati, Davao Oriental.  I was aiming for a “perfect shot” of this fisherman who was about to throw a net in the air.  When he did, his companion passed by suddenly, as if to tell him, the day’s over, let’s go home.

It ruined my imagined composition.

Later, as I kept looking at it, I thought, what does a ‘perfect shot’ really mean?  Maybe there’s more character and life to my imperfect shot than the vision I had created in my mind.  Maybe we should be looking for contentment in our flawed reality.

My catch is probably just as good as his.

This entry was posted in: Travel


Jojie Alcantara travels, writes and shoots for publications, blogs and commissioned assignments. This Davao-based multi-awarded photojournalist and artist gives photography and creative writing workshops, shoots aerial, paints, and seeks stories of human interest and inspiration in popular attractions, offbeat places and unexpected locations, in several countries.


  1. to me the companion walking in did not ruin your composition. rather, i see a lot more story in it. really. it is a great shot!

    there are many time that i didn’t get the shot in my mind while filming my promos. but most of it turns out better than what was planned. i guess this could be one of those.


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