Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, June 6, 2011

#122 The Mind Sees what it wants to See

When returning to places you've been, there is often a desire to find what you remember, if only to see if it's still there. 

I took several memorable photographs at Valugan beach in Batanes in 2006. They were of old boats strewn along a barren shore, lit golden by the warmth of first light. It was a set I would not forget. So when I returned recently in search of new perspectives, I was drawn back to those earlier scenes of boats along the shore. True enough, I did find an old boat looking out to sea. Was it the same boat? Did it look like it's just been repainted? Who knows? But to me it was the same scene all over again, of solitary boats waiting anxiously for the birth of a new sun, which incidentally is the very same thing I've come for. I had come to find something new, but in the end, the new was the same as the old. The mind sees what it wants to see. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: I did not know what to expect. Deep inside I was searching for an intimate connection to the landscape, for a creative template on which I could build something new on. And although I spent most of the time pointing my camera elsewhere, I knew I had to come back to shoot this boat along the shore. I waited until the clouds caught some color before I recognized an old friend from five years ago. Click. It's nice seeing you again. Used a 2-stop GND and a polarizer.) 

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