When you spend more than an hour of travel everyday of your life, two things can happen -- first, everything that you see along the way will probably look the same to you and you won't normally care anymore; second, you tend to notice little details and try to think of the differences between yesterday and today.

It could be both. Ever since I moved an hour away from the city 5 years ago, every single day of my work life is spent on long travel time. It would be a waste to not do something during that period of time, especially when I don't have a car. I take the jeepney, sometimes bus, and very rarely take a cab anymore.

With the stops along the way, I am somehow transported from one dimension to another. Uh huh? Well not really, it's just my fancy way of saying I move from one different place to another. 

From time to time, I tend to get hooked with different things and so are you, right? I started reading about street photography using just a mobile phone and decided to level up my snapshots a little bit by expanding my horizon from family & scenery photos to scenes of everyday living. 

Street photography, the way I understand it is taking photos of people, moments, buildings, or just about anything in public places, not necessarily the street. You can correct me if I'm wrong. It focuses on telling a meaningful story with human connection. Your shots may not be perfect all the time because you usually encounter times when it's dark or when the lighting is too bad but you caught the perfect moment so you still snap a photo anyway.

I also learned a relatively new word. New to me. SNAPSHOOTER. I just like it. I want to capture more photos with meaning. So I'm giving street photography a try and will include it in my little series. Then I'll be a snapshooter and a storyteller, maybe? (Hehehe.)

Do you know how risky and difficult it is to capture photos in the streets here? I don't have the statistics but there's always the risk of getting your phone snatched when you're not careful enough or when you're not aware of your environment. 

Well, good thing street photography doesn't always mean taking photos in/on the street. So for starters, here are my snapshots for this week.


I see many kids doing this, which totally makes me wonder where their parents are. And then I think of Reiko. I am thankful that he has a home to live in and food to eat. This photo actually breaks my heart.

This kid is physically able but he's using a saklay or crutch as his prop. I don't know which one is sadder - that he is begging for alms instead of going to school and playing with his friends or that he is learning or trying to fool people to have money. But then again, it must be his way to survive.

Here he was picking up coins that were thrown by passengers.


I snapped a photo of this while on the jeepney and saw the very risky living condition of the people in this place. 


It's in the name. Who wouldn't want to shop at Wonderful Life?


This is my second ride going home. 10E is the jeepney's route number and I'm the only passenger at the back seat. Thanks to jeepney drivers who hit the road early. 


Just snapped this photo from the second floor of our office building where I saw these 3 girls busy looking at their phones. 

That's it for today! I figured that these photos may not spark interest to many because not everyone can relate. My main purpose though is to look at the other side of things. It's not always beautiful but it's still meaningful and it can spark social awareness, hopefully.

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