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September 22, 2010

Benguet: Black-and-White Photographs

What, I wondered, would the visual world be like for those born totally colorblind? Would they, perhaps, lacking any sense of something missing, have a world no less dense and vibrant than our own? Might they even have developed heightened perceptions of visual tone and texture and movement and depth, and live in a world in some ways more intense than our own, a world of heightened reality—one that we can only glimpse echoes of in the work of the great black-and-white photographers? Might they indeed see us as peculiar, distracted by trivial or irrelevant aspects of the visual world, […]
September 8, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Antique: Understanding One’s Place

What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own [place] we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. —Albert Camus, Notebooks Distance, memories, I often consider them as one entity. There is a gap, space between the present and the past, and we often reconcile them through memories. A long travel―though physically draining―is a mind exercise. It allows the mind to remember, revisit, reconstruct, reaffirm memories. Distancing One’s Self Philippines’ scattering islands and […]
September 3, 2010

Benguet: For Example, A Flower

  —Arkaye Kierulf, “For Example, A Flower” Flowers of Atok and Kabayan, Benguet    
June 7, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Stories in Budlaan River

CEBU, Philippines – There is a rousing resonance in every river. Its stories are woven in its water, line after line or current after current, and spoken out through its punitive, rough flow. It is guided with a simple yet poignant philosophy: the faster the current is, the more stories it desires to share. The almost stagnant and slow flowing water, however, is also full of stories, yet silenced and stilled. And it is those who are gifted with the art of ardent observation that can hear and listen to them. With the guidance of EWIT, a mountaineering group based […]