Scavenger Hunt

I teach a weekly photography class at a local girls’ school. Been teaching it for about 2 years now, it’s a fun little side hustle that helps keep me sharp. Also teaching is the whole reason I went to grad school so hey, gotta put […]

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Double Vision HKG

Around the time I was doing weddings, I decided to stop lugging around a DSLR on a daily basis. Aside from the obvious weight issue (Nikons are heavy bishes), I was having trouble disassociating work from leisure, my own photography from my “brand”‘s photography, if […]

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Here’s some facts about this blog: 1. When I started shooting 13 years ago, I posted everything I photographed on Livejournal. It was easy, familiar, quick, fun. I had a community over there, so I would get pretty hearty feedback with each post. I also […]

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Well what do you know, it’s my 30th Name Day tomorrow! I’ve done a minor project over the course of the past year – the last of my 20s – shooting one second of footage everyday using the app (aptly named) (apptly named?) 1 Second […]

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After six months of sitting on these photographs I finally got around to editing them for posting. I’ve just not really known what to do with them until… really, last night. I’ve not really known what I’ve been doing with my own work lately. I […]

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American artifacts

It’s certainly been an interesting past couple of days on this here planet we call home. Drumpf’s election might ring a few alarm bells for those of us living here in the archipelago, as it just feels all too familiar. That plus recent events here […]

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NYC 2016

Spent some time on the east coast of the U.S. earlier this year to photograph a wedding, hang out with friends, spend time in Brooklyn and be sick all over my host’s living room. It was my first long haul trip by myself, so i […]

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Did a project with my good friend and former roommate Polina Shubkina. We met in Hong Kong doing our MFAs and became roommates for a little bit. She lives and works in Prague, and I’m in Manila, and this project is about that displacement. Check […]

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Tokyo, Osaka

Happy new year, everyone! Here’s the second wave of images from my trip to Japan in November. I felt like the character of these images was vastly different from my Kyoto images, which is why I decided to space them apart. I’m quite a moody […]

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Everyone’s in Japan, and so was I! Walked through Kyoto for a few days and filled my lungs with fresh-ish autumn air. Learned that you have to make sure when you’re buying a drink from a vending machine to pay attention to the temperature of […]

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Visual Diary: June to October

This post was fun to put together and I’m going to try to make these posts more frequently! I accumulate a lot of strange images on my phone. These are some of the more remarkable ones that have shown up since I moved back to […]

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hong kong sentimental

Some photographs that collected on my phone from the last six months of living in Hong Kong. I wasn’t sure whether or not I was staying in HK to work or moving back home (spoiler alert: I moved back home), so these were all born […]

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the lines of my earth

Here are some images i’ve collected since moving back home. They are kind of meditations on a homespace. I’m still thinking about Hong Kong, oddly and reacquainting myself with an introversion that hasn’t really been around since I was in highschool. But hey guess what, […]

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Here’s some of the experimental work I was producing before I actually came up with the concept for my graduate thesis. These are all just snapshots of my friends that i liked from my archives, deliberately offset, and then painted on to obliquely reference to […]

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Woven photographs

These were some things i was experimenting with way back, in 2010. I hadn’t really seen any of Dinh Q. LĂȘ’s work (who you should Google, and check out his images, because they are legiiiiit elaborately woven photographs) until i brought these samples to my […]

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the art of forgetting

Some oldish semi-melodramatic work that i did earlier this year while attempting to destress from my workload. I thought it would never see the light of day but I’ve decided I actually kind of like it. it’s like trying to level a city with an […]

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Old Manila

Some evidences of a trip I took out to Old Manila. I thought it made perfect sense to take an old technology with me. I would venture that this is the beginning of a larger project, especially since i just bought me a packet of […]

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I Radio Heaven

This is one of the first projects that I worked on when i moved to Hong Kong in 2013. It was a very spiritually tumultuous time for me, and i was very interested in the ways people found to physically manifest connections with what they […]

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little mysteries

I found some images from old projects while doing some research on… myself. It’s not what you think, I swear it’s legit! Anyway, I’m going to be posting them over the next few weeks. Turns out i have done a lot of very random crap […]

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Iconolatria: Installation views

I am so sorry that i’ve been dead as a doornail for the past couple of months, but i was definitely in the middle of completing my MFA. Recently, I managed to put together my first solo exhibition ever, here in Hong Kong! My thesis […]

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Eggplant Harvest

Joined the Para Sa Aton participants in Madridejos one morning for their organic eggplant harvest. We decided to do a little photoshoot in the garden to show off the produce, so the ladies brought out their best threads, styled themselves up nice, and very kindly […]

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Over the summer, I did a field internship with a Dutch-Filipino video installation artist named Martha Atienza, who is based half the time in the Netherlands, and the other half of the time in a small municipality of Bantayan Island by Cebu, called Madridejos. I […]

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Mga Santong Kanto

Here are some of the images from a series i’m working on for my thesis. As this is my blogspace, I’ll speak here informally about the origins of the project, but if you want to read a more academic statement about the work (AND WHO […]

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HOLY CRAP I’M STILL ALIVE I PROMISE. Gradschool is a deep dark vortex of artist’s statements and self-loathing and is in essence one gigantic (but worthwile!) timesuck, but thankfully i am able to occasionally step out of it and allow myself to photograph evil cats. […]

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Visited Bangkok in October of last year with my good friend, Ann. It looked and felt suspiciously like Manila, from the elevated train (all the streets look like Taft) down to the delicious, reasonably priced food and the supernice people. And the traffic! And the […]

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I was in Tokyo for a couple days with my mother! It was my first time, and I made sure to go all over: Harajuku, Tsukiji, Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Daiba, Ueno, Ebisu, Akihabara, and snippets of other places. I really enjoyed myself! I tend to […]

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Breakfasts of April

Here’s a small, silly project i was doing for myself. Having lived on my own for the first time in the early part of 2013, i began to realize just how crappy my personal eating habits were. I’m a snacker, i like cheese and i […]

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In Between

This project was done for my Photo Documentary class, taken in the Spring of 2013. I documented the walk from where i live in Hong Kong to where i go to school, a bus ride that i take every single day. I would always see […]

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Wishes for Strangers

For everyone that missed our art show and book lauch, Day of Valor – here are the artworks! The framed works are for sale, for pricing information, please contact me at smfdans at gmail dot com. =) For purchase of Pauline’s book, you can email […]

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Entropy Beast

Hong Kong is a great city to get lost in, by virtue of the fact that its sheer randomness gives its streets so much gosh durned personality. It is overrun with weirdness and i like it, and this post will make that evident, but it’s […]

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Things That Fly

I’m in the midst of a lot of new work, especially since my move to a whole other country, so my backlog for this blog is growing ever fluffier and fluffier. Forgive my lateness to the party which is the Lantern Parade 2012. I do […]

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Welcome to the new blog, everybody! This is where i’ll be relegating my personal, non-wedding/love/romance/loveydoveyschmoopy work. It is to encourage me to continue to create it! To kick things off, i’m posting some of my photographs from a recent trip to Singapore. I actually went […]

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A Day in the Life: Avilon Zoo

I was recently asked to participate in the Day in the Life projects. I had planned a day to attempt it before Rayson made a birthday call to go to the zoo, and that worked out marvelously because otherwise you would be subject to 23 […]

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Humans of Quiapo

Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s ubiquitous and wonderful project, Humans of New York, i walked around my own city and took my own portraits under the watchful eye of Mr Luis Liwanag. People are fun!

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New York, New Jersey, Illinois

This post brought to you by the realization that reflections of buildings are more interesting than buildings themselves. The pictures were taken at various locations around Manhattan in New York, Long Beach Island, Atlantic City and Princeton in New Jersey, Chicago and the various little […]

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BBC Photowalk

I got asked by the BBC recently to document the widening wealth gap in Asia for an online photogallery illustrating the subject. They only used nine of the hundreds of images i took walking around the city, but was really happy with the rest of […]

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After two years of putting it off til my ears bled (I graduated in 2010), I’ve finally managed to put my undergraduate thesis online. This existed as a coffee table book for years before i ever got up the gumption to make the necessary adjustments […]

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A couple of photos of what my life has looked like lately. What you can’t see: 40 degree weather, watching the Avengers 3 times in 6 days, scrambling madly to apply for teaching positions. Huzzah!

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General Santos + Montemar

I’ve been on some trips lately. All the way down south to Lake Sebu in General Santos to see the T’Boli weavers and a teensy bit up north to Montemar Beach Club in Bagac, Bataan. Here’s the backlog of my photographs from them. The panorama […]

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Essa + Tony

Anything else i say to preface this will trivialize how adorable this couple is. If you want to know the exact quantity of adorable i am referring to, all you’ve got to do is peruse this post. Nonetheless, protip: Bring your friends on photoshoots! They […]

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Lantern Parade 2011

Spent the day at the alma mater last week for the annual Lantern Parade! It’s the most wonderful and sweaty and headachey and noisy and amazing time of the year. Though i did enjoy what floats and projects were on display in their own right, […]

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Jake + Bardo

Two of the most beautiful people i’ve had the privelege of working with, made doubly so because i got to shoot them together =) Thanks, boys! This is also the first shoot i went on with my new equipment, whatcha think? I’m incredibly happy with […]

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Some photographs from my trip to Bohol last month with my mother’s side of the family. Good spanking times.

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Easter Sunday

Photographs from my family’s Easter egg hunt. When i was younger, there were ten to fifteen of us running around hunting for eggs, but these days we’re all grown so there are ten to fifteen of us hiding them and five little kids running around […]

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Hong Kong

Spent a couple of days in Hong Kong with some friends; to sightsee, walk around and visit the Hong Kong campus of SCAD. Wandering the city was really something else, always something to see. Good times!

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My family spent two weeks early last year hopping around Europe, right in time for that Icelandic volcano actually. We hopped from Amsterdam to Ghent to Brugges to Brussels to Paris to London. I saw Wicked! And the Eiffel! Life is good.

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