On Palm Sunday, my daughter Ilona and I joined the Philippine Outdoor Photographers on a Photowalk through the lower end of Binondo and Intramuros. I am obviously not a photographer; I find the art fascinating and enjoy learning more about it for the sake of expanding my knowledge, but it’s a fundamentally different sort of talent that I’m not sure I have.
And that’s okay, because even if my photographer friends would have a hard time grasping it (after all, not everyone is a writer, either), watching them is tremendously valuable. Photographers, it seems to me, have a skill in looking at the world in fine detail, and if you pay attention to them, you see things you never knew were there.
Like these people. We spend most of our time trying not to see them, and if not for my companions’ broad sense of what constitutes “beauty” and their skills in capturing it, it’s very likely no one ever would.
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