There is no better way to express beauty through the art of photography. Getting great shots of people is always a challenge. Photography is not simply about taking pictures but about capturing feelings and recording subtleties that are recalled long after everything else has slipped from memory.
This year, Huawei Philippines collaborated with renowned local photographers Veejay Villafranca, Larry Monserate Piojo and Dookie Ducay to launch its "100 Portraits, 100 Stories Campaign" following the launch of the global smartphone maker’s latest flagship device: Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, revealing the untold stories of portrait photographs towards making every shot a cover shot.
While Huawei aims to reveal untold stories with this new campaign, it is also a reflection of Huawei’s staggering rise in the smartphone segment, from relative obscurity to become a strong No. 3 player globally. Huawei has also grown in the eyes and hearts of consumers as the smartphone brand of choice offering excellent value, style, design, reliability, performance and exceptional photography capabilities, thanks to its partnership with Leica.
Let’s explore the universe as seen through their lens.
Larry Monserate Piojo
Larry is a street, travel, and documentary photographer. He started in photography after realizing how much a photograph can instill inspiration, courage, and maybe even hope to even years after that photograph was taken.
Larry draws his inspiration from the beauty of everyday life experiences. “I feel alive in such a way that I have this certain responsibility to document people and life, to deliver messages, and to show realities,” he shares.
Vicente Jaime "Veejay" Villafranca
Veejay started his career as a staff photojournalist for the national news magazine Philippines Graphic before going freelance in 2006. He also worked with international wire agencies such as Agence France Presse, Reuters, Getty Images and the United Nations IRIN news wire before concentrating on his personal documentary projects.
His project about the lives of former gang members in one of Manila’s dangerous slums, BASECO compound, garnered him the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship grant in London. He was also a full scholar at the Asian Center for Journalism Photojournalism program managed by the World Press Photo Foundation in 2007-2008, and the second artist to hold residence in the Crossing Point program held in Perpignan, France in 2008. He was the first Filipino to take part in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam covering the theme of "hope."
His images has been exhibited in London, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Phnom Pehn, France, Portugal, Norway, Thailand, Turkey and Manila. Veejay's continued effort in producing in-depth and personal stories has brought him to different parts of the Philippines and Asia.
“There are a lot of considerations in choosing a camera especially when taking portraits. Of course, it has to have superior image quality, quick shutter speed, it can produce high resolution images, better color accuracy and should allow you to have complete artistic control. Good thing is that Huawei P10 and P10 Plus have these qualities,” he says.
Dookie has been working as a fashion photographer for the past five years. Looking back, his passion for taking pictures inspired him to pursue photography professionally. He took up a photography class at Fashion Institute of the Philippines back in 2010. Seeing this as a potential career, he resigned from his corporate job in the banking industry and collaborated with talented individuals in fashion.
“I am passionate about beauty, fashion and commercial photography currently. I love to learn more about the craft and letting the world see it through my lens,” he says.
He strives for the kind of photography that’s clean, sharp, and proportioned but still communicates the mood and beauty of the subject.
Cleofe Tumada, Senior Citizen Beggar by Larry Monserate Piojo
‘Nanay Cleofe’ is an 81-year-old senior citizen. She is married and has two children. Her eldest child passed away due to illness and her second child left the family behind.
Every day, she commutes from Taguig to Kalentong to sit in her favorite spot to beg for alms. Despite the commute, she believes more people recognize her there, thus resulting in higher income.
She uses the money to buy food and to take care for her ailing husband. Though most people see her situation as pitiable, she always has a smile on her face as she believes that smiling is the key to a longer life and protects her from illness.
Lando Manlupig, Second Generation Horse Keeper, by Veejay Villafranca
Lando has taken it upon himself to keep Manila’s history alive as one of the few remaining horse-keepers in the city.
As a second-generation kutsero, he holds the profession in high regard believing that the ‘kalesa’ is an important part of Filipino culture.
Every morning, together with his father, he prepares his horse and heads to his usual post in Luneta Park, waiting to for customers to arrive.
On good days he can earn more than the minimum wage, but he says the real reward is in educating his customers about Philippine history and culture.
Segundo Tiin Jr., Carpenter by Larry Monserate Piojo
Segundo has worked construction for over 10 years. He is proficient in carpentry, masonry and painting. He says that he is happy with his job but can’t deny that sometimes he feels that life is unfair and that in his industry, the higher ups don’t understand the plight of those in lower positions.
He quit drinking due to old age and tries to keep healthy to continue providing for his family. He separated from his first wife leaving behind three children and currently lives with his second wife, working to provide for his other three children. Despite the challenges he says he always tries to be a happy person.
Benjie Canast, Clown by VJ Villafranca
Benjie is a multi-talented kiddie-party host and entertainer. He works both as a clown and a magician at children’s parties.
He started working as an entertainer after his cousins offered to teach him to be a clown when he was assisting them in one of their shows.
He’s been in the profession for six years now. He believes that clowns and magicians play important roles in a kid’s childhood and he strives to always make his shows memorable for both kids and adults. In his spare time, he trains other people to work as party entertainers.
THE UNTOLD STORY OF A QUEEN
Huawei’s newest brand ambassador Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who is also a great fan of portraits, gushes about how each successive shot reveals a different aspect of that subject: “A portrait photo is really worth a thousand words because you can have so many interpretations on every subject, Even how you take the photo tells a whole story. So that’s why I think it’s very personal. Like each photo is a part of you and is something you can always look back on. After a while and you look back at any portrait, a wave of memories instantly return,” Pia describes.
As part of the Untold Stories campaign, Pia shares her excitement in unveiling her own personal tales of success and struggles like the fighters featured in Huawei’s portrait campaign. “Before all this happened, I also considered myself as a fighter. I failed many times before Miss Universe but I kept on trying and fighting because I knew that if I want to achieve great things or I want a better life, I have to do something to get closer to my goal. And I think that’s one lesson a lot of people should learn as Filipinos - that we’re deserving of better, greater things and that we’re capable of doing that. It’s all up to you,” she shares.
Find out more about Pia for Huawei P10 via this video link: https://www.facebook.com/HuaweimobilePH/videos/1325527730862056/.
The Huawei P10: Redefining modern portrait photography
A good portrait photo tells a story about the subject as well as the person taking the photo. The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, co-engineered with Leica, allows users to have a professional studio in the palm of their hands, captures all the little details and brings them to life giving you stunning portraits that reveal untold stories.
Find out more untold stories at https://campaign.consumer.huawei.com/sp/ph.
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