Kalibo, Aklan: “AKO Photowalk 2013”, Street Photography With Aklan Kamera Org
A notice about a street photography competition hung on the facade of Museo It Akean in Kalibo. The event was to be held on the 5th of October 2013 – my target day of departure on my way back to Manila. However, DPP’s event, the first street photography competition I joined last July, has stirred my interest in this field and made me look forward towards future contests. Then and there, I decided to postpone my departure and join Aklan Kamera Org‘s street photography event entitled, “AKO Photowalk 2013“.
A peanut vendor on wheels outside Sushime Merchandise in Kalibo.
An old lady takes a nap on the park bench.
AKO Photowalk 2013 is a street photography event organized by Aklan Kamera Org or AKO, a group of locally-based photographers composed of professionals, hobbyists, and enthusiasts, all driven by a burning passion for creatively encapsulating moments in time on a four-sided plain. The program encourages aspiring Aklanon photographers to showcase potential for crafting stunning images and open the eyes to the much bigger picture.
If photography stops time, Romy makes sure time ticks. With his mobile service center, he fixes your watch while you wait – anytime, anywhere.
The theme focuses primarily on people. Capture tale-telling images portraying regular Kalibonhons in their natural environment. Participants and members, armed with an arsenal of photography gears and an open imagination, marched from the heart of the provincial capital to the busy streets, and into narrow alleys keeping an eye out for their best entries.
Here are some photos I took during AKO Photowalk 2013:
A man approached me when he saw a bunch of people with cameras dangling on their necks, creating commotion on the streets, and asked to take a picture of something I might find interesting. The door opened to a small room where two savvy-looking motorcycles stood side by side – a Honda RC212V Superbike and Suzuki RMZ motocross bike, and for motorcycle dummies like me, it’s no ordinary type of bike. He used to race these beauties but an unfortunate accident has put an end to his need for speed. However, his love for motorcycles lives on today but as a hobbyist, a collector, and a mechanic – his name is Cuswil Maravilla.
Another scene which caught my attention was this two young girls working on their homework (probably) in this cramped space. It was really dark and the only light source they had was from the sun which penetrated the shabby room. An image of Sto Niño is printed on a tarpaulin used as a wall. Sto. Niño is venerated statue of the child Jesus, representing children. This photo was lit without any artificial light nor it was staged.
I’m not a participant in this contestant since registration was due before the day itself, nevertheless, my utmost gratitude to AKO for allowing me to tag along the street photography experience and showing me a different side of Kalibo seldomly seen by tourist. In addition, it was truly an honor to shoot photographs side-by-side Aklan’s finest photographers, the men and women behind the stunning images of Aklan’s local tourism. Yes, members of AKO are responsible for the beautiful photographs we see on Aklan’s tourism advertising campaign from print ads to the internet. Once again, thank you for the wonderful and learning experience.
AKO Photowalk 2013 was definitely the best way to wrap up this backpacking journey filled with new adventures, new friends, and lots of photos. Postponing my departure was really worth it.
With Aklan Kamera Org members and AKO Photowalk Street Photography Contest participants (photo from AKO’s Facebook page)
Congratulations to the winners of the street photography contest, and, the organizers and members who dedicated their time and effort for the success of this event. I salute to you all. It was really nice to meet everyone.
May the light favor us all. Cheers.
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