I previously wrote about vanishing professions, professions that are in danger of disappearing due to the march of progress. This potter's craft could be one of them.
Our first stop was in Lezo in Aklan, on a street where a community of potters lived. They made pots, bowls, bricks, vases, all from red earth. I immediately noticed no young people were at work. Everyone looked like they've been at it for a generation. I learned this community had been doing this for as far as they remember, since the time of the grand parents of their grand parents. It's an art and a profession that has sustained them. Unfortunately unless their children take it up, photographs like this week's postcard may be a thing of the past. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: The sky was cloudy and the weather muggy, casting a grayish hue on our subjects. A gray balance didn't help as there was little life left in the colors. To avoid an unnatural saturation boost, I decided to render it in black & white.)
For those who've inquired about buying prints of my postcards, you may purchase them directly from master printmaker Arnel Murillo (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of the country's foremost fine-art printmakers. Arnel uses archival inks and museum-grade paper to ensure his prints will not fade. You will not be disappointed. (All my images are provided gratis to help showcase the beauty of our country. But if you feel generous, help me uplift the lives of the Children of Payatas. No donation is too big or too small. Get in touch with Fr. Aldrin Suan at email@example.com of the Vincentian Missionaries in the Philippines. As always, thanks and enjoy.)