Month: January 2013

The Art of Seeing (my street photography workshop series)

“THE ART OF SEEING” A one day street photography workshop series with Jojie Alcantara Davao City, Philippines “The question is not what you look at but what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau “Street photography is the most challenging form of discipline because it is spontaneous, unpredictable, and a reflection of lifestyle and culture, good and bad. The documentation of candid moments trains you to be a keen observer in life, sheds your inhibitions, teaches you to socialize better in your environment, and gives you faster motor reflexes. If practiced well, it turns your everyday snapshots of garden benches into memorable art. In 1997, street photography in Indonesia started my journey to photojournalism, eventually pushing me to explore portrait, landscape and travel which is part of the field I specialize in. Come take a walk with me for one day, as I share how I observe, compose and capture scenes around me. It will provide a fun and helpful training ground for you too.” (~Jojie A.) Jojie Alcantara is a writer and photographer who maintains …

Metrobank Party Rocks!

Metrobank Party Rocks! By Jojie Alcantara (Pubished in SunStar Davao, January 9, 2013) It was a strange invitation for me, to attend a Rock Star Theme Christmas party for the Metrobank Group, and get this—as one of the judges of the American Idol. I was to choose between acting like Jennifer Lopez or Paula Abdul. I honestly admitted it’s more fun imitating Paula Abdul with her crazy antics. The ballroom in Royal Mandaya Hotel was decorated in the ambience of a celebrity hangout: all that glamour and glitz, but dark and subdued as everyone was asked to come in black, the typical rock star attire color. Milagros Gumban, Area Head of Metrobank Mindanao Area, congratulated everyone for a good performance this year, as well as braced herself for the out of character performances that they were about to do that evening.  It was an inspirational opening message coming from her, who was donned in a punk rock hairdo and outlandish rocker outfit, which won her our unanimous votes as the Star of the Night. Of …

Free Carousel Ride at the Park on Christmas

Free carousel ride at the Rizal Park Christmas in Davao City © Jojie Alcantara 2012 “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”− Albert Einstein A Blessed and Prosperous New Year from my family to yours! Thank you for appreciating my works all these years. * * * *