A collection of photographs from my first solo exhibition, PHILIPPINES
I was born in the Philippines and raised there until I was 14 years old, when my family moved to the United States. I am grateful for the opportunities afforded me in this great country that I would not have gotten in the land of my birth. Still, I’ve always felt a yearning for my homeland, which grew stronger after I left the military.
In the summer of 2013, I returned to the Philippines to take care of my dying uncle, but sadly I was too late. Grieving and restless, I traveled by myself around the country, rediscovering my roots. I visited places from my childhood, where I was reunited with family and old friends. I went to corners of the Philippines I’ve never been to before, where I discovered distant relatives and made new friends. I fell in love.
I spent the next two summers exploring the Philippines with my wife. I witnessed rapid changes in many places, yet stagnation in others. Such contradictions and contrasts were everywhere. Everyday I learned something new, yet everyday I also realized that there is still much more to see and learn.
This is only the beginning. I look forward to continuing this journey of enlightenment for many years to come. Through my photographs, it is my hope that you can join me as well.
Black and white
8.5 in x 11 in
Special limited edition of 99
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