Wood-carving is both an Ifugao art form and a profession. I've seen hand-carved masks and figurines, icons of indigenous animals, and every day items popular in the tourist trade. But the craft also highlights one of the starkest observations in these hills: the near absence of primary wooded forests. Where terraces are found, trees of any significant size no longer exist. But where terraces have been abandoned, new forests are reclaiming the land. It's a common trade-off found in communities where the burden of human existence exceeds the sustainability of the land. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: The light from an open door or window can create dramatic photographs when shooting indoors. Just meter for the most important part of your photograph, and allow everything else to fall into the shadows.)
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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.)