Quantcast
Latest Stories
Inquirer Southern Luzon

Snapshots of southern Luzon’s spirituality

By

STUDENTS and passersby look at the photographs in the open-air exhibit of Quadro at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna. MARICAR P. CINCO

Tired of fast-paced city life, a group of seasoned photographers now have sprawling mountains, a vast lake, a university and bucolic towns for subjects that tell much about the unique “spirituality” of southern Luzon.

Los Baños-based photographers have formed Quadro, a photo collective that captures and documents scenes from the province. The group’s original members are photojournalist Alex Baluyut, 56; travel photographer Al Benavente, 39; conceptual photographer Chris Quintana, 33; and street photographer Clifford Nuñez, 29. (Benavente and Quintana are both working at the International Rice Research Institute.)

Visual journalist Rocel Ann Junio, 24, later joined the pack.

“It is a community-based, small town art movement that captures the very rich and profound religiosity, cultural activities and heritage (of Southern Tagalog),” Baluyut said.

‘Decentralizing’ photography

With a collection of 25 photos of diverse subjects, Quadro opened its first open-air exhibit on Dec. 7, mounting waterproofed images at the Carabao Park near the entrance of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The exhibit runs until Dec. 22.

“There are no quick and fast rules (in the group). We expand our work and express ourselves to make (the photos) more compelling and interesting to people,” said Baluyut, who just moved in from Manila in February.

Quintana’s works, for instance, included photographs of a community along the Laguna lake, while Junio’s captured moments from bars outside the university. Baluyut presented a “documentary” of his family finding its new home in the rustic town.

Quadro aims at tapping the rich pool of talents, especially of the younger and passionate photographers, in the provinces.

“It could be very tiring to keep on seeing the works of photographers from Manila. There are also a lot of good photographers in the provinces. We just need to find them and give them the chance to exhibit their works,” Baluyut said.

Baluyut, who is also a founding faculty member of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism’s Diploma in Photojournalism at Ateneo de Manila University, called this “decentralizing” the Manila-centered art photography in the Philippines.

“It’s looking at the Philippines from the eyes (of photographers in the provinces),” he said.

The availability of digital cameras and Internet access play roles in setting the direction for photography in the Philippines.

“You can quickly upload photos on the Internet. In fact, you can be your own (photo) bureau, but the challenge is how to package it for people to visit your site and buy your works,” he said.

Quadro plans to hold exhibits in other parts of Southern Tagalog and give workshops to young and aspiring photographers.

The “backbone” of the current trend of Philippine art and documentary photography, Baluyut believed, are the province-based photographers. “Only that their roles are downplayed and they are given less importance,” he added.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: News , Photography , Regions




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol dies in road mishap
Advertisement

News

  • Napoles tags over 100 officials in pork scam – Lacson
  • Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  • Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  • 43 out of 414 Etihad passengers yet to be found, tested for MERS-CoV – Palace
  • Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  • Sports

  • Caguioa blasts ‘no heart, soft’ Ginebra on Twitter
  • San Mig Coffee grinds out win over Alaska to force decider
  • UP nips St. Benilde; Adamson blasts RTU in Filoil women’s caging
  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida
  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Business

  • SM to rebuild Tacloban hospital
  • PSEi slips after 4-day rally
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  • Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH
  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement