Monday, June 2, 2014

Photography Exhibition of Filipino Migrant Workers at Gwanggyo Gallery in Seoul

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The Photography Exhibition with the theme "Let Me Introduce Myself" of the Media Class of Yangcheon Global Migrant Center has  been recently concluded at the Gwanggyo Gallery in Cheonggye Stream in Seoul. The 5 days photo exhibit has received positive feedback from Koreans and other nationalities who happened to pass by the area. Some random audiences of the exhibit left their comments, suggestions and messages to the respective photos on the wall.

The exhibition has been participated by the Filipino Migrant Workers who enrolled in the Photography training program of YGMC. This is per se the culmination of what the students learned from the workshop. The closing program has been attended by the owners of the photos of the said exhibit, or let me refer them as The PHOTOGRAPHERS, the staffs of YGMC, Korean University students and some press.


Closing Party at the Photography Exhibiton at Gwanggyo Gallery

There are some University students who went there to interview us about the exhibit and about our experience as a foreigner living in Korea.

Personal interview with Korean students

Above all, the star of the event is of course the photos. The purpose of the exhibit is not only to showcase what we learned from the photography class in terms of technicalities but also to introduce ourselves to our audiences. It is like showing our photos on a personal level of communication. I can say that everybody did a great job with their output but I have several "favorites" in the exhibition that I decided to feature them here in this blogpost. This is just my personal choices though, I selected these photos because I can simply relate to what it is trying to convey or I just simply like it. But then again, I have to emphasize that all the photos in the exhibit are so awesome. These are just the selection of photos to which I can relate personally.

One of my favorites is this photo of a water droplet. I like it because of the colorful lights reflected on the water and the dramatic fall of the droplet of water. The truth is, no special effect or no special equipment was used to shot this. I was amazed when I saw the set up, it was really a smart idea, but of course I don't want to spoil it out here. I reckon this could be used in a commercial.


Photography by Meynard Ramirez


Let's check out these photos in black and white. The photographer loves monochrome because she said she can express her emotions and she can tell more stories when the photo is in black and white. I guess it's true, monochrome is indeed an emotion-filled type of photography. Looking at the photos, you can sense her fears and her struggles in life, that is why I find it attractive even without the colors.

Photography by Kristine Bulanadi

This one is something I can relate too. There is an element of light in his photography. A guitar outlined by colorful light is something pleasing to an eye. The photographer used a very slow shutter speed to make the light outlining possible. I assume he likes music because he chose guitar as his subject and highlight it with the beautiful colorful lights.

Photography by Leonardo Carlet


Taking sunset photos requires a lot of patience and time especially if you want to take a sequence shot of it. Just imagine how many hours the photographer waited just to achieve this photo sequence. And he did a great job with these. You can see how the sun changes position from a certain period of time until it completely gone. When I look at these pictures, I feel melancholic and nostalgic at the same time.

Photography by Arman Carinan


These photos show how the photographer value his time, marriage and his family. I don't know what kind of ring is in the picture, but I am guessing it's a wedding ring. I like the way he makes small objects appear big in the image and how he shot at an angle favorable to light.

Photography by Ralph Marvin Tamayo Aguirre

I love silhouette, in fact I once started to practice perfecting silhouette photography but I could not really make it good. But this photographer did a good job with this. Awesome is understatement because you can really see the outline of the subject including every corner of it.

Photography by Whillerz de Guzman

Sometimes, illusion in photography requires a lot of time to process what is really the subject of the photo. I find this one beautiful because it shows an illusion of a girl lying on the old wall of the building. I don't know how the photographer did this but I guess it's an angle at work right there.

Photography by Yehdenimax Salcedo

This one is also my favorite, Street Photography. I love how the photographer cropped portion of scenes from random street and tells story out of it. I just realize that there are a lot of stories you can find at the street.

Photography by Anny Martinez

This one, not necessarily my favorite, but I have to include because it's mine. It shows about light and labor and it is my personal advocacy to highlight the laborers of the world.

With my Photography teacher Min Im and photo journalist Soa Baek

The exhibition has been very successful. it opens an opportunity to all of us to showcase what we can say about ourselves through photography. I would like to personally thank YGMC Management and Staffs especially Ms. Eunae Anna Cho and our teacher Ms. Min Im for making this event possible. We will forever cherish this experience.

31 comments:

  1. Awesome art. The Water Drop is my favorite too. All the artist are making the world a better place. Thanks for sharing. Love this!

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  2. There is some beautiful art there. I also love the spirals of the water droplet!

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  3. These are amazing! The photographers must be very proud to showcase their work like this. I love the water droplet the best but I also like black and white in the second. I am terrible at taking pictures but love looking a fabulous photography. Thanks for sharing this.

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  4. Those look like amazing pieces of art. Love where they were displayed too.

    Michelle F.

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  5. Wow I really like the photos that are displayed, this is beautiful and amazing art!

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  6. Art is so great to look at.. I feel the water droplet one is very good.. i could stare at that for hours..

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    1. Thank you. I really do appreciate it ^^

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  8. There goes again my photos again ^^. Thank you very much.

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  9. Those are some incredible pictures. Glad you shared : )

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  10. I love the photos! Especially the details hehe

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  11. I love the water droplet photo!!! AMAZING!!

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  12. Great photos. Thank you for sharing. The sunset ones are my favourite.

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  13. Great pieces of artwork. They are very talented.

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  14. wow these look amazing! They look painted!

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  15. Those are awesome photography works! This gallery deserves to be featured in a larger scale.

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  16. Nice to see Filipino workers active in this exhibit. It shows also how both cultures have influenced them.

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  17. awesome photos.... you guys work like pros.... congrats sa lahat!!!

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  18. I love the series with the sunset. That is such a beautiful sequence in time.

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  19. These are really cool photos. I like the water droplet, simple paintings like that looks to be, are probably not simple to paint at all. I know I couldn't do it.

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  20. Such gorgeous photography. the sunset photos are so pretty.

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  21. I especially love art done by the young. It gives me a greater perspective and makes me feel young too. Thanks!

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  22. Those are some really cool pictures, i really like them all.

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  23. Enjoyed looking at the photos, the water droplets is awesome and I enjoyed the sunset. I am sure my daughter the artist would enjoyed them more!

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  24. Love the water one by Meynard Ramirez. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Looks like you had a really great time. Some of the photographs look spectacular!

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  26. Amazing pictures! And everyone has their own visual language! I would love to be able to see these for myself!

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  27. It is true what they say about a picture is worth a thousand words! This photography exhibition is such a great way for photographer to showcase their work! Wonder if there is something like this here in Montreal, I'd totally go if they did.

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  28. Beautiful art and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. That was a very nice exhibit and I love those B&W photos.

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  30. I miss going to exhibits. Love the photos.

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