Brendan and I have been very blessed this year with our traveling. This past September we found a crazy deal to the Philippines, and I don’t even think we fully thought it through, we just went for it. Two months later we found ourselves in a colorful country sweating.
As a photographer, it feels very fantastic to be submerged into a situation with free creative thought. Story telling is what I love to do, and bringing it with me to a new country was a blast.
Photographing in the Philippines was, in some ways, easy. The views were stunning, beaches looked like a perfect drawing of what a beach should look like, but there was more hidden in the generosity and happiness of the people. That is what I live for.
Here is our Philippines story…
Traveling to Batad was like walking back in time to the era of my great grandmother. This small rice terrace village was a journey to get to. A 30-minute Jeepney drive to the saddle and a hour hike to the village of Batad. There are no roads leading to Batad.
One of the greatest things about traveling to a new country is seeing what day to day living is like for some people. "It is a hard life." was what an elderly lady told Brendan when he asked the question, "Did you always know you lived in one of most beautiful places in the world?"
A hard life was easy to see in this woman's posture, fingers and feet. The fact was that most of the people in the village lived off of what they farmed from their own rice terraces, and although that may seem like plenty it gets divided up quickly and only lasts four months out of the year for many families. The rest of the year can be a struggle for many, however, tourism is another industry that can provide a source of income.
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This whole trip wouldn't have been possible with out the amazing Sheila Evano for always pointing us in the right direction!