© Takashi Yasui 2014
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Ladies and gentlemen, tuck4. I can only hope to take photographs as good as he does.
Without a doubt, one of my favorite parts of traveling are the photos I take of unsuspecting strangers. Most of the time, I love taking these photos even more than the scenery or the destination, I think it’s a fascinating thing to capture a face that I’ll probably never see again.
When other people browse through my camera, they wonder why I seem to have more pictures of unfamiliar faces than of people that I know. I’m not always sure how to answer them without seeming like a total stalker.
I think we all have a secret voyeur inside of us.
Chinese New Year 2014
Nothing fancy this year, no chasing of fire-blowers and street performers, I just wanted to spend the afternoon with my dad, eating lumpia and strolling along the crowded streets of Binondo.
On the sixth photo, there’s an interesting scene of some kids making a makeshift lion with a piece of cloth and a fruit basket :)
Boracay Sunset 2013
I used to dislike beaches, but not as much anymore upon seeing Boracay’s afternoon glow for the first time :)
Juan Portrait 2014
I’ve tried to be really active in this organization I’m a part of. It’s called Juan Portrait and essentially, what we do is to give portraits to people who wouldn’t normally get opportunities to be taken pictures of. We lug around our cameras and take portraits of people (with their permission, of course) and print them out with our trusty Selphy printer. Apart from portraits, we bundle in goodwill events with goods, activities like storytelling and teaching, parties and the like. Looking forward to more in 2014 :)
Portraits above are from 5 different Juan Portrait events, Anawim: A home for the aged in northern Manila. Paktil: A small mountain village in Benguet. Pahiyum: To give portraits to the displaced families from Tacloban and Leyte. 100 Street Portraits in Manila: Where we gave portraits to the everyday people in Quiapo, Manila. And finally for the 2nd year anniversary of the organization, we threw a Christmas party for the kids at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center.