Hi Jospeh, my name is Michelle.
I am a graphic design student frolicking in Miami. I used to think photography was easy and not an actual artform, but that was back when I was stupid and clearly troubled high schooler (Maybe I was hating because I sucked?).
I added you right after finals, as I was decompressing from the stress. And since and had nothing better to do/shamelessly lust after your work - I went through every entry since you started this journal. I SWEAR I AM NOT STALKING YOU. O_o
But really, I love what you do and part of me feels like I've been watching this beautiful, unending movie of your life and I adore it. I never used to think very much of the Philippines, but now if I went I'm sure I'd see it in the same way you photograph it. So thank you for that. (:
I was just in Miami this weekend "frolicking" around with the Art crowd that went to MIU. Where do you attend?
One time I saw a post where you were using a certain lens and I went out and bought it. It's a sweet lens that I use all the time now and makes my pictures look sick.
FANTASTIC. Is it that sexy 50mm 1.8 prime which makes everything more cinematic than reality? My eyes get hard when I see good shots of that.
Hi Joseph, I'm Jess and I'm soon to travel halfway across Canada to attend University in Toronto. I'm moving from a very small town on Vancouver Island British Columbia, therefore I am soon to experience culture shock.
I always appreciated your photography on this journal since its nice to have something to bring me away from the pointless dramas of everyday life.
But let me be more interesting as you were hoping for something more scandalous. I am eighteen and my boyfriend is twenty-three and I'm fairly sure is wanting to marry me. Although he doesn't know that I am aware of this. I am also bi-sexual and my mother doesn't believe in such a thing.
My father doesn't want me to go to University and has not been supportive since I was accepted. Yet my mother is paying for my plane ticket and I think there is increasing tensions over the matter.
I also work full-time at MacDonald's and am using the money to fund my education. The economy in Canada is pretty bad, not as bad as the U.S. though.
Hi Jess! I don't know how small your niftily internet-connected small town is, but you'll do fine with an open mind guarded by a foundation of self-awareness. Take it all in, but filter what you keep in. ;)
Thanks for appreciating, because in a way my photos do the very same for me a lot of times. Glad to know they do the same for you.
SEXY. Sorry. My ex is also five years older than me, so I get you. I never believed in bisexuality until some people got me jealous, shh.
Your mom is so great. When you graduate, slap your father with your diploma and make more money than he does.
Work it bb.
its fine joseph, im content watching you post your photos. :)
Thank you! That'll keep on happening. :)
Hi, you. I'm Melissa. I'm a writer, but I think in terms of colors, of lights and darks and how things blend.
I just graduated from high school and I'll be going to college in the fall. It's too far away and yet at the same time it's too close. I feel like I need a gap year to be really ready for university, but as it is, I have two more months. But whatever--when the time comes, it'll smack me in the face and I know I'm going to like that.
I've been watching your journal for a couple of years now and you've never stopped being one of the best photographers ever in my little world. I love your photos, I love the light in your photos, and I love your commentary.
You also make me feel like I'm back in the Philippines--I'm Filipino, but I've only been there once and all I can remember are the pigs in the backyard, the mango tree, my boy cousin who pulled his pants down on top of the truck, and the hot sun forever on my back. I only went to Manila for a couple of hours during the whole trip and I don't even remember that. I don't consider the Philippines my home, but it's still a part of me. Your photography brings me back to that country, to places I've never been or seen only through a baby's eyes, but somehow seem familiar to me.
And finally, because this comment seems a little heavy: I am a romantic, a cynic, and an optimist. Wtf, right? Also, I have never grown hair on my arms. Ever.
Hi Melissa! In a less accepting world, you would be considered crazy! Thank god people understand artists these days. ♥
The best thing I heard about life in general came from a documentary about showgirls in Las Vegas: one of them said this, "I was never ready for this job, and I never will be," as she rushed towards the stage. If it worked for a fierce bitch like that, it will work for both of us.
Thank you so much! It would be idiotic to say that I shoot just for myself; hearing these things keeps me going just as much as the good light does.
That's totally understandable, home is where your memories are, not where you came from. I'm Chinese, but I've never even been to my hometown. I'm glad you see a bit of that here. :)
YAY ROMANCE AND CYNICISM. I have one of that.
Hello, Joseph, I am Lexi. I love your photos because they are visually pleasing... but more importantly, they are filipino. Filled with jeepneys and fish balls and everything I need to see in real life. My husband is Filipino, so seeing your pictures lets me ask him about this and that, and feel more part of that side of him.
Plus, I follow you because I think you are great, and I wish for your happiness all the way across the world because I know what it is like to be different than what your parents want from you, and know all too well the standards that filipino parents hold for their sons and daughters.
Halu Lexi! That's so great to hear; I never exactly set out to represent anything, but if it does that for you, then I'm glad to be representing sufficiently enough, yes?
That's life, I guess. Thank you, that was also unexpected, but very nice. :)
I've been to San Francisco for about 5 days, cumulatively, but it is FANTASTIC. That will be very conflicting for you girl.
Good day, Joseph. Oddly enough, I'm the first to comment who is going to say I'm currently in the Philippines. I stumbled upon your blog through a friend who watches it, and I've added you because of all the pretty pictures--some of which are of places I see from time to time, which your shots make wonderful and surreal.
I'm Jason, by the way. I write for a living (no kidding), and I also take photos (which are not as good as yours.)
Locality! Aw thanks Jason's friend, and well, we generally have the same places I think.
Artists will never be satisfied, thank god. :)
Hi Joseph, my name is Kendra. I'm going into my senior year of high school (although technically, I should have graduated this year. I like to lord over all of my classmates by telling them to respect their elders, even though I look like I'm fifteen).
I am endlessly jealous of the magical light in the Philippines. Here in Tucson, AZ, all we get is blindingly hot sunlight that sears your eyeballs. Good swimming weather though.
I stumbled across your blog...well, I don't really remember how I found it, but I am oh so glad I did. I've been doing photography for around four years now, and I love how your pictures are so vivid and alive, almost like stills from a movie. And also how gullible people are over there. It seems everyone's a cynic in Tucson.
I'm pretty boring in terms of scandals. I am eighteen, I've been dating my twenty-one year old boyfriend for a year and eight months now, and he is joining the FBI soon. I am learning French right now (fourth year), and speaking of which, I am scanning all of my film photos I took over in France last year (about time, srsly).
Finally, I have two cats and one very old grandma dog.
Hey Kendra, looking fifteen is great! It means that when you're 40, you can say you're 30 and people won't question.
It's two-SOWN right? I have to get it right one of these days.
Aw thank you! I love doing this and the appreciation makes me love loving it a little more. Cynics suck, come visit.
Won't he have to kill you? Are you sure JJ Abrams isn't behind all this? Oh French! It sounds so unreachable. Paris?
Diversity in the home, it's a good thing!
Hello Joseph! I love your photos lots. I miss Philippines a lot. You're life and friends are really cool. We both love El Nido Palawan. I like ur glasses. I graduated Ba Comp Sci. I am an artist. I currently work for a retail website. I was born in Phils but now live in Sydney. I take photos with a Nikon D90 or with a Sony T700. I'm a left-handed aquarius who is truly blessed with great friends and family. I no longer pursue happiness, I create it :D
Halu, thank you! Aw I will make sure my friends get the message. :)
Isn't it difficult to get into Australia? They hate having foreigners or something; the immigration system is like death!
I won't judge your Nikon ways, they are but tools for the eyes. Left-handed people, like both of us, are statistically predisposed to dying earlier. hmmm.
My name is Cj. I grew up in Houston, Texas, but of course I am Filipina and have relatives back in the PI. I just graduated uni and I'm terrified of the *real world*. things here in my college town just.. work, and I know how to work it in return ;]
currently I'm beginning the career search and still in my college town, riding out the rest of my lease. I am hung up on some guy that I have been hooking up with on and off since February of last year. great sex is hard to find.. and trust me, I've been looking. recently we've started up again, and as much as I hate to admit it, I love him.
but in other news, I just got back from traveling Germany, Austria and France and it was my first extended trip with my new Sony a200w, with an 18-70 and 75-300mm lens :] pics are all over facebook, and not even halfway done with uploading...
What up CJ, you go Glen Coco.
Sex may be messy, but love is messier. You take care, and remember that love shouldn't hurt you. I mean you might like that, but people are open-minded.
SEXY. Europe sounds beautiful! And your lenses sound quoite noice.
Hi Joseph this is Leslie a college student in from DLSU. I am your "follower" for quite sometime now. You don't use photoshop? Thats really great! I have to learn a lot more from my 450D from now on. Your "unedited" work inspires me.
Hey Leslie, thanks! :)
Photoshop is the devil. It's horrible. I hate it so much. I never use it.
I've added you and probably mentioned it before, but I'll rehash a bit and tell you more about me (I mean I ought to anyway, I read your entries and feel like a creeper if I didn't).
I'm Holly and half-Filipino and love photography, hence the interest in this little ole' blog of yours. I go to college in Ypsilanti, Michigan (or the mitten, if you prefer). I'm going for psychology and recently I just discovered my love of art all over again, so I'm in the process of double majoring. In short I will never leave school, haha.
Afterwards though, I'm planning on teaching English overseas over in South Korea, and possibly take weekend trips to visit my relatives in the Philippines. Maybe when that happens I'll give you a holla so I can be lyke OMG ur in the same country as me! VISIT!
Or maybe not. Either way, your photography is amazing and I feel like I should trade off and show you pictures I've taken in exchange for always looking at yours.
So here's my artwork thus far :Dhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/onewreckedpilot/sets/72157617607798227/
Hey Holly! I remember Michigan, we went there years back. I remember... what's that island of yours, Mackinac? Yes. Double majoring is sexy! Think about remaking Rorschach blots! Amazing.
Girl you got plans.
Thank you! :)
Hay timepieces haaay.
Well... I wonder what you wanna know there... :-P
So. I am called KSena on the net. And on the pub. Answer to it just as readily as to my real name, and that happens to be Emma. Very common swedish name that. I have a masters degree in Library and Information science. I love books, but not romantic once. Unless there are girl/girl action or boy/boy action. I love fanfics, since they give me a chance to dream about characters I love. I love comics to. And my favorite comicbook artist is Don Rose who draws the best Disney comics out there. I live with my hubby (peting73
) of six years, but had a history with a girl before that. Yes, I am bisexual. Twice as much to look at! At the moment I am unemployed, but I am working on that. We'll see how it goes. :-P
You I added when you where in the spotlight once. And I stayed since you are such an awesome person, and your photos are awe inspiring.
Hey girl. Library science!
I remember fanfiction; it's what introduced me to the web. I was 13, Peter Jackson just came out with FOTR and I was dying. Oh life.
And love too aw. The world is your... oysters.
Aw thank you. :)
Hi Joseph, my name is Kristin.
I'm a senior at the University of Central Florida...after switching majors a couple of times, I'm a Digital Media major, Art minor. I'm 20. While my specialization is Illustration, I love photography; I used to think it was so simple (point, look, shoot!) but the more pictures I take the more complicated it feels to me.
I added you when Sarah (____aloof) mentioned you on her Livejournal.
My boyfriend is no secret, but he's lovely and makes me happy; I don't have too many hang-ups, I hope. I admit to occasionally listening to my old Backstreet Boys CDs from the 90s (I was convinced I would marry Nick Carter). I think that's all the topics you mentioned!!
Your photographs are very inspiring. Thank you for that.
Hey Kristin! All I know about Florida is hurricanes and Disney, and beaches. It's what anyone gets from getting information solely from Discovery Channel.
Switching majors is such a brave thing to do, finally saying, fuck this, I'm doing what I want... again. Good luck with that though, and doing both illustration and photography is crazy good!
Hang-ups are interesting to have, but more convenient not to have, so you go Glen Coco for being hang-up-fine.
Me too Shhhh.
Thank you! It's a bit of inspiration for me too, looking around. Inspiration might be a currency we're passing around.