Month: February 2013

Heavenly Lilies

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ― Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water

Just monkeying around

The vast Hijo Estate plantation located in Tagum City has a forest tour that opens your world to wild pigs, birds and monkeys freely roaming in the woods, while a high canopy walk will challenge your fear of heights as old giant trees still existing within the well-maintained private sanctuary engulf you with its enormity.  This is my fun shoot monkeying around with the monkeys. 🙂

Dawn walkers

“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint Morning walk with the locals on the shore at daybreak.  There were actually around six of them, but the few remains to be a blur, as they walked towards and past me, oblivious of my gears and tripod. Times Beach, Davao City  © Jojie Alcantara 2012

This life is yours, take the power

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” ― Susan Polis Schutz Taking a candid shot of my good friend, Epong Soliban, who is now a master in landscape photography Times Beach, Matina, Davao City © Jojie Alcantara 2012

The Wockeez Craze

JABBAWOCKEEZ in Abreeza Mall Davao, January 20, 2013 © Jojie Alcantara 2013 JABBAWOCKEEZ is an all-male, hip-hop dance crew who once auditioned and was eliminated in America’s Got Talent, but later emerged as America’s Best Dance Crew first season champion, bringing the underground dance culture mainstream, and to a new level of respect.

The Decisive Moment

“Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism, on his concept of “The Decisive Moment”

Jojie Alcantara and participants in the street photography workshop

Musings from a workshop participant

Originally posted on leawalkerblog:
Model : Ms. Ruby BernardoPhotographer: Ms. Jojie Alcantara I learned about Ms. Jojie Alcantara through a friend of mine. Beng, as fondly called by friends, is very beautiful. But with Ms. Jojie’s talent and skills, she looked like an ethereal goddess. So since then, I’ve been “stalking” on her works.. ha ha. Through her blog, I found out that she will be giving a one day street photography workshop. So of course, I enrolled. Delegated my work to my assistant and made sure that I arrived at the venue on time. When I finally met her, I was so amazed how down to earth she was. I mean you know, her photos have been published in several national and international magazines. One would think that she may have an attitude or something.  But she showed up wearing shorts and shirt. Looking very cool and casual. I guess, that’s her way of making us, her students, feel comfortable around her. 🙂 And so the lessons started. I am not going to bore you…