It has been quite a long time since I have taken someone’s portraiture. I, too, have been busy with adulting stuff for the past months and I almost questioned myself if I should continue doing this.
Sure, blogging has opened a new door for me to tell my life through photographic narratives – through my travel adventures and all that. And here I am right now, writing a new entry in this virtual diary, again. Blogging has uncovered a part of me that I haven’t really gotten to know. And to be quite honest, I am loving every minute of it —with me sitting in front of a laptop, putting my emotions upon every tap on the keys. I know I was born to be a storyteller — a medium to share how it feels like living with these wandering eyes of mine..
Being surrounded with friends who has influenced the social media sphere also helped me in believing that I can make a mark, as well.
And meeting one of them today, is one of the most profound afternoons I’ve ever had.
Binondo, the place where I come whenever I want to disconnect to the world and just think things through is our location for today. Just the whole vibe of the place already relaxes my weary soul— where boats sail through the quiet waters of Pasig River, where the sun rays faint in golden-orange haze, and where two cultures cohabitate in harmony.
Gen Abanilla, the co-founder of Seazoned Philippines, has agreed to making her my muse for this shoot. It’s a first for the both of us. With her being a full-time freediving instructor and me, being stuck inside the four corners of the office, made this should almost impossible to attend to.
Out of the waters and into the streets of Binondo, I have uncovered something new to this siren. I made sure that she’ll still be in her comfort zone. So, I decided to take her along the banks of Pasig river. In there, lies a couple of barges lined up in an orderly fashion. Just looking at it would pacify your rumbling thoughts. Totally perfect for this afternoon’s session.
Surprisingly, taking her photographs was easy-breezy. And the funny thing is that in between takes, we get to talk about our careers and everything in between. I really look up to her and her positive outlook in life. Effervescence comes naturally to her and it radiates through my lens. Her eyes pierce through the photographs like she is telling you her story. And her dainty hand movements show you how much of a water nymph she is.
I swear, this afternoon has cemented my love for photography and blogging. Now, I can really say that I will continue this no matter how busy my life can get. Because for the first time in a long while, I can picture myself doing something that my soul craves every single morning.
Thank you, Gen for continuing to inspire me through your work. I’m lucky I have found a true friend in the cutthroat corporate world and now in this vast digital world.