I´m a 23 year old fat bastard that was born in LA, raised in Manila, started uni in Madrid, now finishing that in Brussels. I started taking photos in 2009 after reading Purple Fashion Magazine. On the back pages, the editor Olivier Zahm had a sort of photo diary of random stuff he was doing during the season and that influenced me.
After that, photos represented a sort of idealized reality for me and I started documenting fuckery with my friends. Feel it´s similar for a lot of young people nowadays. Because of the digital revolution and how easy it is to put pictures up, this process of selecting, deleting and editing that everyone does says ¨This is who I want to be¨ instead of ¨This is actually how it goes down, minute by minute¨. The process of editing and being selective represents a form of idealization in itself, and the kids are good at it nowadays. Two years later, the content of my photos have changed but the philosophy is the same.
Another thing I came to realize is that my photos are first and foremost about relationships between people, so I never underestimate the ability of photography to change both the subject and the photographer. A camera seems to create an enduring reality on top of the pre-existing one - the girl that is being photographed nude for the first time experiences sides of her sexuality she would otherwise never experience, and the photographer experiences a much more subtle form of dominance by directing her in that moment. Both may eventually forget about it - but they are changed, have moved in that direction, and bring that newfound sexuality to all other aspects of their lives whether they may be aware of it or not. The same is true for that kid that never went out, that girl that was self-conscious and the guy that was never comfortable traveling alone and meeting people. Whether we´d like to admit it or not, the viewer affects the subject and changes what is being viewed. Photography is the act of repeatedly pushing real life into that pic you took.
For the future, I´m graduating school this December and trying to make a career out of photography without forgetting why I love it. The only way to do that is to test my photography by getting it out to the public - submitting stuff, getting denied, knowing which parts of my style work and which don´t. It would be great if I could start doing comissioned shoots soon. Shoots other than for my own pleasure which I could learn to find pleasure in. And some more intimate, down to earth pictures before December as well - friends, lovers, skin, bedroom stuff.
Good pictures follow good times. I like the way this photo came out precisely because it is so unguarded. She's one of my good friends and you could call her a muse of sorts right now. This was in Madrid in the summer of 2011.
This is pretty crazy. I met this girl 7 years ago in Spain and we have not seen each other since. Was in Paris last year and we met up, and if you check the date on her journal in the photo, it chronicles the last time we met up, dated "6/7/2005". Apparently, I was a drunkass looking for my ring back then. Not much has changed.
One of my best buds, but we only see each other once every few years. Every time we meet, part of the city we are in gets wrecked. Last year it was street signs in Singapore and this year it was graffiti in Brussels.