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Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#322 Vanishing Tattoos

There comes a time when you need to put your camera to good use. Photographing landscapes or stalking twilight, well they are good uses too. But there's one that's time-sensitive: a chance to document a vanishing culture of our times. 

We were in Anunang in Kalinga, a community of tattooed women well past their 70's. They sport full body tattoos all the way to their arms and wrists.  Sadly, it's a practice succeeding generations no longer indulges. In as little as 20 more years, all proof of this cultural expression will vanish. So head to the hills with a camera and a good hat. Because posterity demands it. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Harsh noon-day light will wash-out the colors in your photographs. But there's always black & white. Snap on a lens hood and underexpose slightly. Sometimes that's all it takes.)

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