any given sundae

I’ve driven 21 kilometers last Sunday to Sta. Fe, hoping to photograph a furniture repair shop along the highway.  It was way past sunrise, and the shop is on the wrong side of the street, covered in shadows.  Next time perhaps.

That is the problem when I’m driving.  There are way too many photos that have not been taken.  I take mental notes of the scenes along the way, but it’s never the same scene on the way back.  Most of the time I miss the spot entirely.  The view going is never the same as the view coming. a kid's trike left for an ice-cream trike So I slowed down on the way back and saw this trike on the side street.  I parked my car safely on the road shoulder, crossed the street and this is what I got.  42 kilometers and this is all I had to show.  Little did I know that this first scene will unconsciously dictate the rest of the photos for the day. a boy eagerly waiting for his cup of ice cream on a hot sweltering day Dirty ice cream is what this is called, but it’s not necessarily dirty.  A cone was 50cents each when I was in elementary school, and were 5x bigger than what these kids are getting nowadays.  Now it’s P3.00 each.  I wonder why it’s called inflation when everybody knows that the size of cones have deflated. Wasteful plastic cups.  On a business standpoint, it’s more cost effective than cones which become soft and soggy by the end of the day. all smiles as this little boy gets his share of ice cream in the morning It doesn’t take much to make children smile.  Ice cream, banana-on-a-stick, or halo-halo.  Surprisingly, I was back in Anibong.  I could spend a few more weekends there.   I saw the little girl who was with her father fixing his bike (from the previous post) at the house next door.  I was on the same spot as last weekend, and I didn’t even realize it. a boy with his cup of ice cream It’s been said that the photos we take are reflections of our emotions.  I cannot agree more.  It’s been a scorching hot day and I wanted something  to cool off. a sweaty little boy buying a cone of ice cream

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105 thoughts on “any given sundae

  1. Pingback: Ice Castle for Halo-Halo | Love 2 Type

  2. once again, stunning pictures! I think your concept is magical: capturing the true essence of life on the streets of your culturally rich country, particularly with children who are untarnished and innocent. I look forward to future posts!

    • thanks again. Times are changing, but one thing I can say is that the local hospitality is something to shout about. There were many instances wherein I was offered a seat even when there was only one chair available.

      • Orlando and that hospitality is being carried over by so many of us, who live around the world. Great to have that filipino trait. Thank you for pointing that out.

  3. the photo featuring the three kids is so beautifully composed! These photos are doing nothing to stop the itch to quit my job and fly off across the world on a photography mission…

  4. When I saw the dirty ice cream, I knew immediately this set was taken in the Philippines. Happy to see a fellow Filipino’s entry get featured in WordPress’ Freshly Pressed! Great post, and SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS B/W photos! Galing!

  5. When I got to the photograph, I just had to smile at him. Your photos bring out real emotions, thanks for sharing them. I’ll be following you from now on, because I really want to improve my photography skills and your work just inspires me.

  6. Thank you, everyone. I am very deeply overwhelmed by all your heartwarming comments. This is definitely one of my best days.

    thanks, WordPress, for adding this page to the Freshly Pressed section.

  7. Beautiful, beyond words! Touching and brilliant photos! Loved them! Just proves how you don’t always need words to tell a story! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. You sure deserved it!

  8. I understand your issue. Have the same one when driving to a nice place outside my home town. Already on the way, there are hundreds of lost images. But nevertheless, your photos were definitely worth the trip! The expression in the kids’ faces is adorable! Great work!

  9. i love your pictures (4th one is the best!)! i would love it more if it was colored, esp since you’re taking pics of ice cream! may i know why you chose b&w? i’d like to know your techniques, if that’s ok :D

    • thanks. B/w is a lot simpler for me as I don’t have to worry about overdoing the colors when post processing, especially when dealing with skin tones. I’m using Lightroom 4 for the conversion with a little enhancement, and spend around 2 minutes for each photo. It will probably take me a lot more time if I were to work in color.

  10. Dirty icecream is my favorite. Whenever I saw vending dirty icecream on the road I can’t help but compete with the kids just to taste my favorite flavor again.It reminds of my childhood years.

  11. This made my day today! It is summer here in the Emirates and it is HOT! I miss my childhood days with the “flavor of the road” ice cream. Thanks for sharing this. These are great memories indeed!

  12. Hi! You just captured 3 of my favorite elements of a street photograph: children, ice cream, and nostalgia. I love this composition. Following your blog now. Thanks for sharing and congratulations for being Freshly Pressed! Well done!

  13. Great photos! And… dirty ice cream! I haven’t been seeing “mamang sorbetero” nowadays and I just miss the chocolate, cheese and mango dirty ice cream! Lucky are those kids! :)

  14. Couldn’t help but stop and stare at each of these for a couple of minutes, especially the second last. Beautifully framed – a small child enjoying an ice cream seems the epitome of innocence.

  15. Lovely pictures! and you’re right about it being easy to make a child smile. If only we adults were as easy to please. The child doesn’t see the size of the ice-cream, only the fact that they’re going to get a delicious, cold, sweet treat. A lesson to learn for all of us.

  16. great photos..it takes me back when i was their age..but the ice-cream cones were only 5 cents usd..well them days are over..tell those kids i said..hey!..and thank you for the memories..

  17. @Leila, it was fun with the kids, and I would have gladly sponsored the ice cream. The place is even more interesting during mid afternoon – lots and lots of kids playing along the street. I will definitely return on an even better time.

    @Frank, thank you very much. I do hope I am giving justice to the people I photograph. Times are changing and here I am trying to preserve whatever memories I have of my distant past.

  18. Orlando. I recently came across your Blog after it being featured by another photographer on Digital Photography School. I have to say I really enjoy seeing the new photos you upload as it really gives me a ‘flavour’ of your home country and its people. I especially love the children and seeing the locals going about their everyday tasks. Brilliant well done! you are an ambassador for both your country and the photographic community.

  19. thank you for the ride. I am smiling back at those kids. I do remember this”dirty’ ice cream, hahaha. thank you once again for bringing us back, to the time when we were kids. Those smiles are killing me:))

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