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The Bajao People - Photo Essay

Hello,

I’m Allan from Cebu, I was wondering if anyone of you here can give me tips on how to do a photo essay. I have been fascinated by these BAJAOs and been taking photos of them for some time now. I have quite a collection already but I wanted to do a photo essay on how they lived and how hard life is for a Bajao.

Thanks,
Allan

by burokhuli at 2006-05-15 23:12:05 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Cebu City , Philippines | Bookmark | | Report spam→

bump this up……

by burokhuli | 16 May 2006 01:05 | Cebu City, Philippines | | Report spam→
Allan,

How about a day in the life…..from getting up in the morning until going to sleep at night. Or an event in their life… could be done from start(preparation) to end(conclusion). Maybe tell the story from the little boy’s (#4) point of view.

Beautiful photos. Particularly love the photo with the teens (#7) as seen from your boat.

by Gayle Hegland | 16 May 2006 02:05 (ed. May 16 2006) | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Gayle,

I’ve been planning on it for days now and you just saved my day. I’m gonna have to mingle with these boys and probably talk to their parents first. They really are very interesting subject to photograph, and I am hoping I could get the best out of it. Even if it would take me hundred attempts…… hehehe!!

by burokhuli | 16 May 2006 02:05 | Cebu City, Philippines | | Report spam→
Hi allan,
Check this out…are we talking about the same tribe? http://www.wiredlens.com/BAJAU.htm

by [former member] | 16 May 2006 05:05 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | | Report spam→
Hi allan,
Check this out…are we talking about the same tribe? http://www.wiredlens.com/BAJAU.htm

by [former member] | 16 May 2006 05:05 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | | Report spam→
Shamshahrin : wow! those are very colourful images :) Thank you for sharing those……I’m getting pretty excited with this project of mine. Im thinking of going BW this time.

by burokhuli | 16 May 2006 06:05 | Cebu City, Philippines | | Report spam→
Hey what a fantastic subject and I really love the B/W shot of the baby on its back in the boat! Maybe the thing to think about is what is the real relationship with the sea that these guys have. They must have lots of legends etc what are the ceremonies, how do they eat where do they sleep what do they believe in. They look pretty happy so you must be a pretty nice character yourself otherwise I am sure they wouldn’t be so friendly. Good luck with it, I wish I was there too! (Where exactly is it again?)It looks really beautiful from your and Shamshahrin’s shots!

by lisa hogben | 16 May 2006 08:05 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Good luck, Allan. I hope that you will post your finished essay for us to see.
Best, Gayle

by Gayle Hegland | 16 May 2006 10:05 | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
Some really nice shots, I think you have an amazing subject and obviously the talent/personalilty to make it work. I guess what you really need to do is just get to work and shoot as much and see where it takes you. Would be great to see a few more placement shots like

and also more images from the subjects level. Lots of images looking down which works really well but I’d also like to see other angles. Perhaps you could get into one of the canoes with the kids and see how waterproof that canon really is :)

by [former member] | 16 May 2006 10:05 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
What? — no underwater shots?! Just kidding. Essay needs more variety in terms of angles, there are so many taken from above. It would be good if you’d get a ride on a boat and shoot from your subjects’ point of view. This would be great with harder work. Also, if I were you, I’d commit to either shooting in color or in B&W. A mixed format doesn’t look good to me. Goodluck!

by Max Pasion | 16 May 2006 10:05 | Jersey City, United States | | Report spam→
I think the same as Max but do the underwater shots – was it Andrew Testa who did something on people who lived witht he sea from the Andaman islands – loads of underwater shots using a cheapo point-and-shoot underwater camera – I think so anyway.

by Colin Pantall | 16 May 2006 10:05 | Bath, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I knew it would come to this one. I have to get a point & shoot and have it watersealed, then I gotta learn how to swim.

by burokhuli | 16 May 2006 22:05 | Cebu City, Philippines | | Report spam→
Allan,

Writing a photo essay on a subject like this will be a wonderfully rewarding experience – for you definitely and probably for the Bajao too.
It’s tricky to say how to go about it, as that will ultimately come down to your style of writing, research, interaction etc…

To give you some ideas and one or two pointers, here is a photo essay that I did on the Kurdish Jelali Nomads of East Turkey. – http://www.polosbastards.com/artman/publish/Hasasori.shtml
I started out with a list of questions that I wanted answers to, and that I imagined other people would ask also. In seeking the answers, the photographs come and the essay begins to form in your mind. Make notes as you go, and experiment with opening paragraphs.
The hardest part is starting it, but once you get the ball rolling, it all should come together soon enough.

Good luck, and please let us see the finished article.
I’ll even run it on Polo’s Bastards if you like (and if it’s any good) ;o)

Cheers,

Lee.

by [former member] | 17 May 2006 06:05 | Wraysbury, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Allan,

Writing a photo essay on a subject like this will be a wonderfully rewarding experience – for you definitely and probably for the Bajao too.
It’s tricky to say how to go about it, as that will ultimately come down to your style of writing, research, interaction etc…

To give you some ideas and one or two pointers, here is a photo essay that I did on the Kurdish Jelali Nomads of East Turkey. – http://www.polosbastards.com/artman/publish/Hasasori.shtml
I started out with a list of questions that I wanted answers to, and that I imagined other people would ask also. In seeking the answers, the photographs come and the essay begins to form in your mind. Make notes as you go, and experiment with opening paragraphs.
The hardest part is starting it, but once you get the ball rolling, it all should come together soon enough.

Good luck, and please let us see the finished article.
I’ll even run it on Polo’s Bastards if you like (and if it’s any good) ;o)

Cheers,

Lee.

by [former member] | 17 May 2006 06:05 | Wraysbury, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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Participants

burokhuli, webdesigner/photographer burokhuli
webdesigner/photographer
Cebu City , Philippines
Gayle Hegland, Editorial Artist Gayle Hegland
Editorial Artist
(IPA)
Montana , United States
lisa hogben, Visualjournalist! lisa hogben
Visualjournalist!
Sydney , Australia
Max Pasion, Street Photographer Max Pasion
Street Photographer
Bayonne, Nj , United States ( EWR )
Colin Pantall, Photographer/Writer Colin Pantall
Photographer/Writer
Bath , United Kingdom


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