An art exhibit is currently ongoing at Red Steakhouse and Gallery in Smallville, Iloilo City (along Diversion Road, Mandurriao District). The exhibit is called “Spectrum: Iloilo,” there are no themes, groups, or subjects just a bunch of independent photographers in Iloilo wanting to showcase their passion for their craft.

Three of my works are also currently displayed there. I was at first apprehensive about joining since I was not confident that my works can pass the “art crowd.” Lately (that I’ve been using an SLR), I’ve been feeling that my artistic passion is diminishing. Like every time, I press the shutter, I don’t feel the spark and excitement as much (when I was using a point and shoot camera).

Tara was the one who invited me to join. I didn’t know who else was going to exhibit or what the nature of their photography is. I was anxious that maybe I will not fit into their more artsy/conceptual types. In my inner consciousness, I also wanted to join, so I browsed through my photos and picked something that I think is visually “safe.” It is a sunset shot taken from Fort San Pedro in Iloilo. I added two more photos after finding out that I still have time to produce them before the opening date.

The three photos on the rightmost are mine. The photos are somewhat related to my take on what’s happening to the heritage sites of Iloilo. I’m sad that the glory of Iloilo is being left to decay, if left unaddressed they we will ultimately lose them to modernity together with the deep seeded identity of Ilonggos.

Here are the works from the other photographers:

That’s Me and Cara posing together with our works ^_^

I hope I’ll have more chances to do things like this. It’s always nice to hang out with other like-minded people who are into the same things as I. I’m also the kind of persons that does not talk too much, I divert more into other forms of expression to convey a message so having a venue and audience for my works is something that I really appreciate. Getting to see the works of other people is nice since you get to know more about them especially becuase their works are most likely very personally attached to them.