Through the years, I kept thinking I was going to find the original files of these and re-edit them so they’d look “normal”. Yesterday, I renewed my Flickr account after not renewing it for a year. I was too busy last year to take any photos or upload them so I did not see the need to pay the Flickr peeps $25. What I found on my Flickr account were 7,585 photos and 195 sets.

As someone who pretends to be a photographer, I have gone through the usual phases. The first one was my fascination with over-processed photos, high-saturation, high-contrast, as bright as possible, to the point of being unreal. My friends would say, “Nasilaw ang mata ko!” and I would retort, “What? They look normal to me!” That, or my laptop monitor was not color-calibrated.

After that, I went through cross-coloring. The photos taken from my trip to Pangasinan in March 2009, which was about a month before I had Lia the baby, were all cross-colored. I haven’t really been able to post anything before about that trip.

When I looked at my 195 sets, I found the Pangasinan set and realized, they were all done in the current “Instagrammed” trend. How funny.

As someone who pretends to be a photographer, I have been trying to find my own “voice” in the medium. I can’t help but think now that if I had stuck with this style, where would I be now?

Arnedo, Bolinao, Pangasinan

Arnedo, Bolinao, Pangasinan

St James the Fortress Church in Bolinao, Pangasinan

St James the Fortress Church in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Children’s Island (Hundred Islands), Alaminos, Pangasinan

Rock Garden Resort bicycle

Bicycle, Rock Garden Resort, Bolinao, Pangasinan

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