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October 3, 2015

October’s Featured Photographer: Jay Javier

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I shoot.:) I teach photography for the most part now. I contribute to the making of the next generations of photogrpahers.I am into camera collecting and restoration. I like old photographic processes. I like shooting using the old methods

Taking masterals in Fine Arts and Design.

Going back to the basic setups: One light, cloth backdrop, monochrome. Kodak D2 view camera. 13.5 "Ortagoz" and 21 cm "Industar-51" lenses. Paper Negative. Model: Julio Alberto De Leon. At Fotofabrik Foto

Going back to the basic setups: One light, cloth backdrop, monochrome.
Kodak D2 view camera. 13.5 “Ortagoz” and 21 cm “Industar-51” lenses. Paper Negative.
Model: Julio Alberto De Leon. At Fotofabrik Foto

If you could live anywhere on this planet where would you build your home and why?

The place I am here now. Or any place where it would be great to wander the streets with a camera will be good.

If you could be invisible for one day with your camera, what would you do? Where will you go and what would you shoot?

I believe I can, and have become invisible alread, when doing ‘street photography’… however I would like to opt to do time travel instead..

My first historical reenactment on the Liberation of Manila in Intramuros, Manila last March 24, 2013

My first historical reenactment on the Liberation of Manila in Intramuros, Manila last March 24, 2013

What is your favourite recent image you have shot recently? Can you describe its creation in regards to location, lighting, composition, camera settings etc. also your thoughts when creating the image and what it means to you?

A recreated photograph. A photograph which looks to have been made during the Philippine Revolutionary era. It was made using a camera which could have been from that time, using techniques from that time, and posing two models as if they had been from that time- the late 1890s. I simulated the daylight/northlight style lighting typical of that era. And made sure that the “hold it” poses for long exposures- necessary for creating that unique 19th century stiff poses- were used to.

How long have you been a photographer? Did you study photography?

30+y ears. Informally through self-studies and reading and practice, and through apprenticeship as well. Wig Tysmans is my main mentor.

Borrowed a technique from the old two-colour Technicolor process. Two colour because it only used the red and green portions of the spectrum.

Borrowed a technique from the old two-colour Technicolor process. Two colour because it only used the red and green portions of the spectrum.

How do you educate yourself to take better photos?

Right now, I am into the philosophy(ies) of photography. It’s better to take photography out of photography and replace it with photographs, so to speak. Read what Szarkowski, Barthes, Berger, Kafka, Shore, Sontagg etc have written about photography. Looking at the works of other photographers, both contemporary and past, would greatly contribute to one’s skills.

 

Sometime in early 2000, Rob Schneider was in Manila to promote his movie "Deuce Bigalow", and I was asked by People Asia Magazine to do some photos of him for a spread. I showed him a magazine cover that I did with a nude Ina Reymundo on it which I shot a few months earlier and asked if he would sit in the toilet reading the magazine for the opening spread. When he saw the first polaroid test, he loved it and the rest is history

Sometime in early 2000, Rob Schneider was in Manila to promote his movie “Deuce Bigalow”, and I was asked by People Asia Magazine to do some photos of him for a spread. I showed him a magazine cover that I did with a nude Ina Reymundo on it which I shot a few months earlier and asked if he would sit in the toilet reading the magazine for the opening spread. When he saw the first polaroid test, he loved it and the rest is history


Check out more of Jay Javier’s works on Fotofabrik’s facebook page.

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