The Best of Franz Lopez Photography

I started photography way back in 1999 before there were DSLRs and Librodo sharpening techniques or even online social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr.

Ever since I got my very first camera, it has always been very sentimental to me. Why?

 This is the very 1st camera I owned. a Canon EOS 1n

First of all my camera means a lot to me. Not only because it’s been with me for as long as I could remember but this simple mechanism, this old black piece of steel and hard plastic records my life as it happened. It has been through a lot. I know you can tell me, “Oh come on Franz, stop the drama, you know that you can always get a new one.” I know, but to tell you honestly, even if it doesnt work or doesn’t even turn on anymore, you would have to kill me before you get it from me.

Credits to Upper Viceo for this photo

Why did I pursue Photography? Well for me, like I said, it records life. I pursued photography because I wanted myself to have a timeline of life. That everything about me gets recorded. That when you see a single photograph you will remember. The joy, the pain, the sorrow, the sadness. The epiphany of emotions and history. And when the moment you start remembering comes, you will say: “This was me, this was us.” at that certain point in time, we existed.

Why did civilizations have hieroglyphics, illustrations, symbols and books? Why did famous people have statues and memorabilia? It’s because they wanted to have a manifesto. They wanted to remember, and at the same time to be remembered. Maybe that’s what my quest in the world is.

Do I think I’m good at what I do?

Well we can say that we’re good at what we do if we know our craft. If we love it and we’re passionate about it. Let’s just say that im doing my best at what I am doing, I’m not an expert but im trying my best to pursure this passion because I love it and it means a lot to me.

The focus has always been art. I can probably say that I’m an artist and by being an artist means honing a form which can be vague but can be organized. I guess photography falls under “My 1st love.” Everybody has their so called “1st love” right? It can be a person, it can be anything. But for me when it comes to art, photography has got to be on the top of the list.

In life, people do a lot of things (just like art). Every day, every minute, in every bit of a second we get busy. But at the end of the day we come home and rest. My resting place has got to be photography.

So the past 13 years has been a real roller coaster ride. Me and my camera, we’ve been through places, met people and been witness to the country’s history as it unfolded. Nothing can withstand the memories I share with this black piece of steel and hard plastic.

Join me as I reminisce  the best of my photography in these photos i will share below.

All Images are protected by the International Intellectual Property Rights, any unauthorized usage without proper endorsement by the author is punishable by international law. -Franz Lopez Photography 2012®

One of the most memorable photos that I have are photos done in film shot in Medium Format.

This was my very First award-winning photo for Eyeka Asia’s Search for Asian Creative Talents.

One of the most memorable Travel documentation  I had was this shoot in Ilocos

One photo that I can never forget was this shot during the 100 years of lasalle this was when I got a comment from Sir Joel H. Garcia. It was indeed an honor to hear from the famous event photographer himself.

There are a lot more photographs that I can share, but it would instantly fill up this whole blog. So to get more from me you can always visit my portfolio sites on Flickr and Tumblr

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/franzlopez

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/franzlopez

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Thank You very much!

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PASINAYA 2012

The Pasinaya Open House Festival is a concluding event for the February Arts Month held annually at the CCP Grounds. The event has been home to crowds who are patriots to the nation’s art and culture. This event showcases different performances by natives, students, and CCP’s resident Companies – Ballet Philippines, Bayanihan, NAMCYA, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino, and UST Symphony Orchestra. A number of regional cultural groups all over the country also participated.

The Pasinaya 2012 was held last February 26, 2012. I was invited by my friends who volunteered for this remarkable event. The event was very lively! As expected, a lot of people showed up and this is in consideration that the entrance fee was not much of a rip off, pinning it down to P20 per head.

I got to see a lot of cultural groups who performed the entire day. It gave me a chance to document one of the most art-filled cultural events of the country.

The event highlighted the performance of “Tribu Lunok,” this year’s Champion of the recently concluded Dinagyang Festival in the province of Iloilo.

The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City. Held on the fourth Sunday of January every year or right after the Sinulog Festival in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held to honor both the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival of Malay settlers in Panay island and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.

The performance was breathtaking and beautiful, they indeed deserved to be the champion performers of the festival. Their costumes were well made and very colorful. You can see the passion in their eyes as they performed in front of hundreds of people. The audience, in response, cheered whenever the performers did things unexpectedly.

The day was entirely tiring considering that the heat of the sun was directly above us, but it was all worth it. The P20 entrance fee was not a waste after all. I’ll be there again at the next Pasinaya event in 2013, I hope to see you there too!

Here are more images I took from the event:

All Images are protected by the International Intellectual Property Rights, any unauthorized usage without proper endorsement by the author is punishable by international law. -Franz Lopez Photography 2012®


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