About Me Part 2

“This is a continuation of a previous blog I made which can be accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/7k5999n

So to shoot the breeze again, I need an antifreeze to kick-off episode II of my blog. Here is another music to keep the vibes working because my back is still sore after I slipped.

here’s a song by  30 seconds to mars entitled: Closer to the edge

I can relate to this song because it talks about being close to what you’ve been dreaming of. It speaks about life and more importantly it reminds us that we are people, we were never made perfect and we make mistakes.

As you all know, I have shared my life with so many people although things change, people grow up and move on. Sometimes, the experiences and the memories are the only things I have left. That’s life.

When you fall, you have nothing to do but stand up. When you do, you carry on with no regrets. Right or wrong, the choices I make and the experiences I had are the things that mold me into who I am.

I push myself off the limits. I am unique, the one and only Franz Lopez you will ever know.

Photographing Celebrities and News Makers

I went solo with my dad. After covering some momentous events in 2007, we then began to cover celebrities, some of which are top celebrity icons and famous news makers.

Above is an online collection of some of my old photographs which can all be accessed at www.evilseeks.multiply.com

Some of of these celebrities and news makers I was able to photograph were :

President Benigno Aquino III, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senator Manuel Roxas III, Senator Gregorio Honasan, Senator Franklin Drilon, Senator Francis Escudero, Jun Lozada, Rhian Ramos, Angel Locsin, Ruffa Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, Bianca King, Anne Curtis, Kim Chiu, Ding Dong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Vic Sotto, Tito Sotto, Joey De Leon, Susan Roces, Manny Paquiao, Claudine Barreto, Gina Alajar and many more…

After following my father’s footsteps, I began to meet other photographers, models, artists, friends and affiliates online. I had a vision of creating a new realm of photography experience, a network of photographers all over the Philippines.

Photographers for Change (P4C)

The project was later to be known as “Photographers for Change.” The project started back in 2007 when I saw a thought of using photography as a medium to communicate and share reality. This was the very first project that I spearheaded.

This was the actual video I made and posted in Multiply.

I called out on Multiply for photographers who would like to share their captivating images all over the Philippines. A lot of people responded and showed how the Philippines was viewed through photographs. The reality was that, then and now, photos can shape up, change and mold a whole nation.

Photographers from Manila, Bicol, Ilocos and Cebu and in places as far as Basilan, Jolo Sulu and Maguindanao shared their remarkable images. Personally, I believed that they where sharing their photos because they wanted change. They wanted their images to be heard and seen.

Paintball Model Search 2008

Also in 2008, I was tasked to do a project for paintball called Paintball Model Search. The search was organized by the United Paintballers of the Philippines, a club that my brother founded. This paved the way for me to organize my very first meet-up.

Photo-shoots were not as popular back then as they are now. I’m was only able to meet photographers who were active in Multiply like I was.

Daphne Oliveros

Around this time, I met events photographer Daphne Oliveros. Daphne is one of my idols in photography as she is extremely talented and a creative artist. It was from her where I learned to inject creativity and art into photography. I have to thank her for sharing her passion with me as she was integral in the development of my passion.

Daphne introduced me into a more social and uplifting side of photography that I wasn’t used to. She linked me with other photographers who were as passionate about photography as we were.

She still does photography today but she is dabbling into cinematography as well. And I confess, I’m still an avid fanatic. The last time I met her was when she invited me and my friend Justin for boxing in Quezon City. Luckily, she was also doing an article for Rappler when we met, so she tagged us along on the feature. (She used us as her boxing models lol.)

I can’t wait to work with her on another project soon!

You can checkout her site at http://www.daphneoliveros.com

Lalaine Odal

From Daphne, I met her close friend Lalie who does modeling as a hobby. Lalie or “lotty lei” on Facebook is a gorgeous model. Though what separates her from the rest is that she is easy to get to know and fun to be with. She has a down to earth personality. Oh and Lalie does photography too! I guess, like me, she also inherited the passion from her father who is a photographer.
Lalie is still into modeling today. The last time I was with her was when we did a shoot together with my friends Bobbit Lim and Kevin Medina 2 years ago.
After talking with Daphne and Lalie, I asked my other multiply friends if they were interested to join the shoot. Thankfully, a lot of people responded.
Because of this project, I was able to meet these wonderful people :

Shiela Bertulfo

I met Shiela a couple of years back when I was still in high school. She’s a singer and already had an album out back then. Of course, you just had to hear her sing to know why.

She now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. And still, Filipinos there love to hear her sing.

Ara Gloriani

One of the people who volunteered was Ara, we call her “Anjanette Abayari” because of her resemblance with the popular celebrity of the 90’s. She’s kind hearted and easy to get to know too.

Ara still does modeling today.

Maru Ventura

Maru is a creative and talented artist but she also does modeling. Those who get to have her as a model will be lucky because she excels at posing, no shot is wasted if it’s her posing.

She now does professional makeup and she’s extremely good at what she is doing.

You can check her site here:

http://www.venturamaru.multiply.com

Daphne, Lalie and Shie and I met with the makeup artist Angel Reyes at Starbucks Glorietta 4. It was memorable because this was the very first meeting I did for photography with people I barely even know.

We met Maru and a friend of hers at the venue of the shoot. Upon arriving, I received a text message from MJ Cachero another photographer/model. I was not sure he would come, but he was finally able to join us at the last minute.

I remember seeing a sign of relief on Daphne’s eyes when we both heard that he was bringing his studio lights. We thought the venue would be dark. That worried us as the scarcity of light would not have produced good pictures. MJ’s studio lights came as a blessing for us.

MJ Cachero

MJ is a talented photographer when it comes to fashion mainly because he is into modeling too. I’m very thankful he came because aside from the well-lit outputs his lights gave, he gave me pointers when shooting fashion.

MJ is in Switzerland right now, I wish him all the best in his endeavors.

These people played a very important role in the growth of my career in the coming years. But our first shoot together was the most memorable. I thank them wholeheartedly because if it was not for them, I wouldn’t be the person I am now.

My photography has been a long 13-year journey; my gear, already five years old and filled with wear and tear. Yet the journey still continues. More of learnings and experiences will come my way as I realize the dreams I was just dreaming 13 years ago.

“the Passion Lives on.”

END OF EPISODE II

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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

and also, please support my Page on Facebook by hitting the “like” button : www.facebook.com/franzlopezphoto

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:

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