Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Painted Photographs of Rodolfo Samonte: featuring The Charming Security Guards of Manila


In my trip to Manila (April 18 to April 30, 2010), I was fascinated by what they call Sikyu (or Security Guard). It seems Sikyus are a part of the Philippine landscape now, you see them just about everywhere. There's Sikyus in every business establishment, buildings, private homes of the wealthy, condominiums, the malls, the Light Rail Transportation, schools, banks of course.
These Se
curity Guards are heavily armed, with 45s and shotguns, they're generally friendly, polite, respectful, but can also be downright mean and tough (and I did run into a few of this type), as they undoubtedly are tough and trained to be.
With all these security guards around, one w
ould be led to believe Manila as a dangerous city, or inversely, a very safe city precisely because of their presence... and happily I found it to be the latter. For example, traveling around Manila, nothing is safer than using the LRT (Light Rail Transit) or the MRT (Metro Rail Transit) where there are Sikyus in every entrance plus a guard who travels with the train.
They're everywhere in Manila, and with my trusty 2-megapixel Canon, I took photographs wherever I see them. Photographing was random and fast, point-shoot-move on, if you will, as I walked, or rode on public transportation in the heart of Manila. Chance takes precedence over premeditation (sometimes the subject will allow a pose or two). I had no idea what I was going to do with the photographs, I was simply recording what I found fascinating.
Now, based on those photographs, I have started a series of artwor
k, a tribute to these hardworking men and women who keep Manila safe, tentatively called:
The Charming Security Guards of Manila.
I thoug
ht they were charming, in their bright-white, well-laundered uniforms, they generally will accede to being photographed, but the women are shy (indeed, a very charming trait of most Pilipino women), that's why I have so few of them. Here's some I've done so far, and I will kept updating this blog. Everything I'm doing is what I call Painted Photographs (using Photoshop), the finished work culled from my collection of raw images, combined, collaged or otherwise manipulated to produce a visual story.

15 comments:

estherme said...

Well done!......................................................................

怡婷 said...

恨一個人,比原諒一個人,更傷力氣。..................................................................

明文吳 said...

人類最大的悲劇不是死亡,而是沒有掌握有意義的人生......................................................................

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陳秀顏清鴻湖 said...

人生像一杯茶,若一飲而盡,會提早見到杯底..................................................

文岳仲君 said...

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today..................................................................

敬周喜 said...

生命的意義,是在於活的充實;而不是在於活得長久。......................................................

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不費勞力而得者,唯貧困而已................................................

瑞陳彥 said...

愛情不是慈善事業,不能隨便施捨。......................................................................

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人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份..................................................

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知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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生命所經歷的折磨愈多,其所產生的奮鬥力愈大。................. ................................................

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婚姻對男人來說是賭他的自由,對女人而言卻是賭她的幸福。.................................................................

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