a walk in Zamboanga City
So I found myself walking the streets of Zamboanga City in Mindanao. The city scene shares a lot of similarities with Davao City, and probably with other cities in the Philippines as well, with the difference being the structures that feel as if time stood still. The sidewalks are littered with buyers of gold and old coins, as well as mobile phones from unknown origins. One of them even tried selling me a digital camera after making an offer for the one I was carrying.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I discovered that I still have a lot to learn about how to do my usual photo walk with a non-shooting companion. There were some places I would have liked to go but I couldn’t leave my friend behind, and also because the place did have a reputation for being notorious. So, I took a second walk by myself after dropping my friend off at the hotel.
I guess I will be shooting solo for some time. More probably for a long time.
The latest challenge I’ve given myself is to minimize the visual clutter very common in crowded places. By limiting the “noise”, I learn to be even more deliberate with my shots, and not surprisingly I only have 66 photos from the trip, 20 of which were shots taken from the airplane window.
This is an old man who asked to be shot, and that’s me across the street. People are indeed friendlier to small cameras and they don’t ask questions.
Looking at the last 2 photos, I’m sure I was lost and was walking in circles. (3rd photo has the same background) Getting lost is part of the adventure, but thankfully I haven’t found the need to scroll through my shots to help me get my bearings. Not yet.
Camera notes: (Panasonic Lumix LX5)
Have to remember that it takes seconds before the camera is ready to shoot, and that means anticipating a scene much, much earlier. Camera settings are also easily missed when trying to compose the shot, especially when the camera is held with outstretched arms.