Frontispiece Credits & Gallery 2009
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Frontispiece Credits 2010 ►
Shanty Dweller by Mario Mercado. “I am not an accomplished person,” Mario tells us in his “foreshortened and summarized” resume, “but I am fulfilled.” A long time resident of the United States, he went to the School of Visual Arts for advertising design, and the prestigious Art Students League (for fine arts) of New York, and over most of his professional career was a multi-media designer and design director, and a studio and location photographer for various clients worldwide. “Various” means the likes of Volvo and General Motors, American Express and Reader’s Digest, among others. As design director for Edward Fields, Inc., makers of hand hooked carpets,rugs and tapestries, Mario worked on orders from such clientele as Charlston Heston, Lawrence Harvey, Robert Goulet, The Waldorf Astoria, and Nixon’s Air Force One. He has retired and lives in Putnam Valley, though he still maintains a full complement photography and computerized graphics studio, and concentrates on digital fine art and nature photography.
Diptych by Jury Gregorio is one of a series taken in Singapore, where he is presently based and working with an ad agency. Jury has exhbited in Japan, Germany, and Singapore.
Falua is a hardy boat that plies the roiling waters between the islands of Batanes, the northernmost island group and province of the Philippines. These waters, where the vast Pacific Ocean and the smaller China Sea meet, are to say the least, unpredictable. You could sail on them in the morning, towards say Sabtang Island, as if the sea were a placid lake, and come back in the afternoon to Basco, the main island, in a boiling cauldron which, if you were not familiar nor partly Ivatan, you think you might not survive. Ivatans, the Batanes natives, take the afternoon sea as a matter of course. On clear dawns, they say, you could hear the cock crow from Lanyu, the southernmost isle of the Taiwan group.
Way Out is what Maxim Popykin, who signs his name as Maximzar at his PBase.Com gallery, titles these medieval doors at the back of a church in Rostov, one of the oldest towns of Russia. It opens up to what looks like a lonely stretch of the steppes. Maxim's other pictures accompany my Russia cycle, "Notes on a Tourist's Russia," in one of the Poems en Route sections of this site.
Biker among lonely dunes on the Batanes island of Sabtang (2007) would be a usual sight, but not for us strangers fram far off Manila in the mainland. Unforgettable image from the edge of our world.
Newly painted Grill by one of our top photographers, Ben Razon, president of the Oarhouse bar on Mabini Street, watering hole of any Manila photographer worth his salt (which we joined as a side privilege of being a member of the Banggaan e-group). It was an ordinary day when dutiful son decided to give his parents' house a new coat of paint. And the humdrum corner was filled with color, and the diurnal became, well, eternal.
We start with this rather familiar window from a series contributed by poet-architect Cesar Aljama, who sometime ago had joined the Pinoy Diaspora but eventually returned to practice his profession here and write poetry. We said familiar because it looks like a very typical Filipino banggerahan (a back-of-house grill-and-canopy for washing), but here used to store an array of jars or banga for storing cool drinking water. But why the apparently studied elegance? Because it is a display at the Rizal Shrine (the house of the National Hero) in Calamba, Laguna, which is not far from Bay, Cesar's hometown.
The second of Cesar Aljama's Windows is from Taal, Batangas, one of the oldest towns in the Philippines where nearby is the famous Lake Taal crater lake with its crater within a crater. The picturesque town and lake has preserved much of its Filipino Spanish colonial ambiance with its basilica menore and the old houses of the local gentry.