This photo was taken September this year from my trip to the Philippines on calmer times. There I experienced one of the worst floods in the history of the city of Olongapo, but that is nothing compared to the destruction of one of the strongest storm that ever hit the planet in 30 years. Haiyan, hit the island of bohol with 320km/h wind gusts, displacing thousands of residents and killing more than 10 000 people. It is a full blown humanitarian crises. It hit close to home too as one of the Australian’s killed was a former priest at my parish. He leaves a baby girl, a wife and two kids. That really shook me. I was not that close with him, but I felt a real sense of loss. Life can really just change in an instant. I cannot imagine how his family and friends are feeling.
Lots of aide is thankfully coming through but I hope they are mindful of the corrupt snakes in the Philippine government that would not think twice to pocket $$ from the victims if given the chance.
Finally back home here in Australia. Whilst away on holiday I was able to experience the worst flood in the city of Olongapo. I shot it but with digital as I ran out of film and the film store I usually get access to got flooded aswell. So I wont be posting those up here but feel free to check them out on my flickr if you would like to see the result of incompetence and corruption of the government.
I have started to get some of the rolls developed here, which are pretty much all Lucky films. The roll was mostly of these fishermen on the beach which supposedly had an entrance fee, but they only charged it if you are not from that neighbourhood. It cost 35 pesos, which we refused to pay as we only want to walk and take photos and not swim. I have no problem with paying, but dont try to rip me off and be consistent with asking for admission. Makes me so angry how filipinos do this to one another. If you are a sucker they will make money of you. Anyways, My uncle and I stayed for about half an hour just waiting for them to reel in the fish so we can capture the moment. Sadly they didnt catch any but that didn’t stop us from snapping.
These came out so sharp that it confirmed the previous roll’s scratches was due to the machine. Quiet happy with my new Pentax K1000 🙂 I also like the contrast of this lucky film. Not bad for $2.00. Wish I bought more
Once and awhile I come across post which inspires me to upload a similar image. This particular blog post was inspired by Vassilis, a talented and helpful photographer with extensive knowledge in the medium of film and photography. If you have not already seen his stuff… you are missin out!