Tuesday, November 28, 2006
These are literally off the wall crude reproductions of a series of images of San Francisco. In 1988, at the height of my photojournalism career and right after the mythical Edsa uprising of 1986, my image gathering screeched to a stop. It seemed a momentary disturbance in time and space affected me
Almost a decade had blurred past me after I engaged myself into this calling and somehow it emptied me out. Taking a forced sabbathical from the frenzy, I dived deep into another medium which will eventually take me to San Francisco in the Bay Area. I trained hard to be a key animator back in Manila with the Hanna-Barbera subsidiary, Fil-Cartoons and not long ....after another flurry of events, I got the chance to direct the characteranimation of my favorite characters, "The Simpsons" and "Felix The Cat" for interactive CDROM's for the Mac and windows platforms.
It was real fun and a good opportunity to study...it was a gift to be inthe Multimedia Gulch during the early years of multimedia and the Internet because at a certain point, my passion for photography was reignited by an old friend who was a resident artist of San Francisco. With his grant, I lectured about experiential photography at the SOMA .
I woke up one day with the decision that it was time to buy my first brand new Leica and a normal lens which I took to the streets producing the following images..
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Children play at a garbage transferring utility. I have been having fun shooting against the light lately...like I said, Iam just reeling from a mishap that almost wrecked all my gear. Now I am trying out if the contrast and sharpness of my lenses are still there. As you know,shooting extrenely backlit situations with a bright light source like the sun pushes the envelope of a lens' and drive it's elements to do weird things.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
IN the course of being on assignment for another purpose, it occurred to me to extend the scope of my photographic documentation of war's effects on children in my travels to the ARMM (autonomous region of muslim mindanao) and the sites of MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) strongholds in Cotabato, Basilan and Sulu from 2003 to 2005.
The images from this exhibit are a result of that effort.
-- Gil Nartea
'Children in Conflict Situations - A Photography Exhibit by Gil Nartea'
November 20, 2006, The Oarhouse, 1803 A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
A very funny thing happened to me yesterday on my way out of a press event..... Funny bcoz It gave me flashbacks into my life as a key animator doing cartoon slapsticks for the network cartoon shows in the U.S. and elsewhere. I know a lot of you have seen scenes where a character flies over a cliff running and momentarily floating in midair with feet still in running cycles until he realizes that there is nowhere else to go but down.
The same thing happened to me yesterday. ...It was the Miss Earth media presscon and although i didn't really planned on covering it, I found myself entering the poolside where dozens of Photographers, hobbyists, the new breed of citizen journalists and of course... voyeurs. In a little whilem before the presentation even started I walked out of the cordone... in the direction of an old friend I have seldom seen. ....The next hing I knew was that in the bottom corner of my eye , I thought I saw a flash of blue! And the next instant I realizedI was right.... I walked straight into the other pool . Too late!!! OOOPS!!
One more thing.... The "Otter Box" PDA shell I bought as an investment for my IPAQ pocketPC
paid off!! It proved its worth at USD 99.00....it's waterproof, shock-resistant and crushproof. Nobody should leave home without it.