Last 109th Independence Day, our Photography class under LIGHTFORM (Dubai's Filipino Photographers Guild) were mandated to present an individual photo that may well exemplifies an OFW’s unparalleled heroism abroad. Here's what I submitted:
Behind the Scene: For a dramatic retro touch, I painted the same with Sepia. One may also visualize my “70’s backdrop” as an Arab family’s doorway but the truth is: it was only a Mosque’s rear-side. As per ISO & Aperture mode setting? ahh.. sorry, could'n't retract.
Undertime from work in Dubai, I rushed my way to Sharjah and grabbed my surprised models en-route to our neighboring Mosque in Al Majaz Park. As the sun tipped-off to set down her grace in few mins & w/ 2 superbly-agitated children, it took me nerves to carry a speedy yet meticulous point & shoot procedures. Add to this, I had no tri-pod support. Disconcerting even more was our stolen moments w/ the Holy site where the “crime” was immediately & successfully perpetrated. With ultra-conservative, yet fuming eyes watching over in-the-open, I told you, it was a cat among the pigeons scenario.
Acknowledgment: My Nikon D40 SLR Camera for making me a wannabe professional -photographer for a day. Ate Letlet, my businesswoman flatmate from Davao who poses gamely as the “Nanny”. Her golds (as an xtra trivia) has to be removed by wonders of AdobePs for art-realism purposes. My nephew Rom Vinz (3 yrs) and niece Jen Ryza (1 yr) for learning how to freeze even for split of seconds. Bang, my younger sis (their real-life Tita-nanny) who also gave a hand but preferred to miss the print.
It didn't win in the competition proper though, but I didn’t mind. I cared for the lead character’s elements of prized importance, defining qualities & supreme sacrifices that brought her to my border, - Unsung HEROes of all times who deserve sweeter recognition more than this.