The Endurance of Tacloban: Heart of the Philippines

Global Sojourns Photography

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Violent winds swirl the dark, ominous thunderclouds overhead. The pounding waves crash onto the rocky shore and the roar of the Pacific Ocean makes its intention clear: thrash anything in its path.

With electricity in the air, I am oblivious to everything except the power coming my way as rain beats against my face, sucking me into the depths of the storm.

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Ever since I was young, the powerful forces of storms, especially on the Oregon Coast, have held a rare type of electricity for me.  Electricity that excites my soul and eliminates any trace of fear I may have.

Chasing the idea of becoming one with the storm.  Not just to see the power unravel in front of me, but to physically feel this rare electricity.

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The past three days I’ve experienced a different type of feeling.

Walking along the Tacloban city coastline watching the sunrise, I am beginning…

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An unplanned visit to the local art museum down in El Segundo. The exhibition ends on February 1, 2015, but it has been on display for the public since October 12, 2014. 2015/01/img_6803.jpg     I was finally able to drop by and briefly check out the displays. I was taken aback on the interest I had with the exhibition. I have been associated with ESMoA a few times and I follow their activities. When I first heard of the “HOME” exhibition along with the photos from the exhibition, my initial thoughts were “drop dead boring”. I was expecting it to have a boring wooden chairs and other items, and honestly I was wondering why are they showing furniture, their last display was way more entertaining? I was wrong. It never occurred to me the details on the furniture around us, ’till I visited the exhibit today.

Today, I was surprised on how much I liked it. It showed more than what I expected. Modern yet it showed some history. Although most of the display were simple, it did not meant that it was boring. It showed a balance in cubicle that the furniture was in, simplicity was really more.

They also displayed some paintings and photographs along with the furniture. Most of the paintings were from old eras, I didn’t quite examine any of the paintings, nor did I read any of the information about the exhibition (I know, shame on me). I just walked in and just had a quick look with the whole museum.

I had a limited amount of time looking around, but that did not stop me to take some shots of the exhibit. Later on, I decided that my shots would look cool if I edited them. All I could do was add a black and white filter on each one (I used the app on my phone: VSCOcam).

This is probably the piece that intrigued me the most. I was really drawn by the design and patterns of the shower cover. It was on silk, and it was inspired by a broken house from a deserted place. I wish I had more time to read the description of the artist and the story behind the piece. I informed that next Sunday, the artist herself will be at the museum talking about her piece and I plan to attend her visitation.



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