Welcome to the official website of dave martinez photography - Here, I'll share with you my life's work as a photographer, as well as my photographic misadventures!
The (unconscious) beginnings of the photographer in me probably started when I was really small. One of my favorite toys was a film camera that I toyed around and just shoot. Fast forward to around the digital age, I got my first digital SLR (a Nikon D70), and this time, consciously fell in love with photography. Since then it's been a helluva ride. After all these years, I still feel in a way "naked" when I go out without a camera, it is almost like a necessity to at least bring one even if it is only an ordinary day, there is that constant longing inside that there might be something interesting to be captured today. And whenever I am shooting, I feel like I am in a trance - (stubborn & reckless!). Every after a tiring shoot, ironic as it seems, I feel recharged!
Photography is a ritual - it involves the heart, mind and soul. It is a holistic approach, one that involves all your senses. Put your heart and mind in it before clicking the shutter, and when it touches your soul, it is complete.
Leica M | Nikon FX DSLR | Panasonic Micro 4/3
Manfrotto | Benro
Typhoon Yolanda Third Year Anniversary – it’s been 3 years now… a lot of things have happened, and still ever grateful to be a part of this. No matter what kind of challenges have come our way, against the odds…View full post »
What’s up? It has been quite a while! Life has been so kind to keep me tied-up with its intricacies, and I am trying hard to catch up haha! Well, here I am, still stubbornly shooting the world with different shades of gray. InView full post »
“Gone but never forgotten.”
Yolanda Candlelight Memorial 2015 (Tacloban City, Philippines) – Just like that, it’s been 2 years now, the wounds might have healed for some, but the scars remain.
In November 8, 2013,View full post »
Basey Fiesta 2015 (Basey, Samar) – A beautiful town, all the more made more beautiful by its people. Their celebration of the town fiesta is deeply centered on aged-old traditions and Christian values. I am honored and privilegedView full post »
I met The Joker
Featuring: Ethaniele Loise Abella, Aiky Ausa
& The Joker (as Himself)
Make-up Artist: Scarlet Dela Rea
Location: Hangar X Studio (GPS coordinates: unknown)
Photographer’s note: Leica M Monochrom, LeicaView full post »
Binondo – The Chinatown of Manila.
Once you make your left turn from Recto, you will suddenly be transformed to another world. The old authentic feel of a typical Chinatown is evident the moment you walk in. Old structures, fadedView full post »
Incredible India 2
Before we move on to the next adventure, I’d like to share one more post from India. I shot a combination of Micro 4/3 and rangefinder. The rangefinder (a B&W camera) I wasn’t quite sure at first bringingView full post »
INCREDIBLE INDIA 1
Incredible it is! Here are some loooooong overdue (pre-Yolanda/Haiyan) photos. Given the chance, I can shoot all week long. It’s a photographer’s haven as so many have said, and I couldn’t agree more.View full post »
The other side of Manila… here’s another look from the usual uber-urbanized metropolis and capital of the Philippines.
Photographer’s note: Leica M Monochrom, Leica Summilux-M 50mm 1.4 ASPHView full post »
A slice of life in Manila… the energy of life in the capital is like clockwork, there is that spontaneity of movement and chaotic chorus of urban life. I love to shoot in places like this. There is that constant kinetics that makesView full post »
Carnival at the Tacloban Astrodome 2014
The carnival at the Tacloban Astrodome has been a yearly event during the fiesta month of June. It’s nostalgia to be able to go there and see how life is getting back to where it was before.View full post »
A revisit to Barangay Costa Brava, San Jose… the living conditions in this barangay is still reminiscent of the effects of Typhoon Yolanda, as if the storm has just left a few weeks ago. Sad to say, the improvements in this place areView full post »
Santo Niño Church after Typhoon Yolanda. Much have been destroyed, and even churches were not spared from the typhoon. This church is particularly important to the people of Tacloban City since this houses the patron saint of the cityView full post »
6 months after Typhoon Yolanda – just like that! It’s been more than 6 months by now. Life here has continued to struggle. But no matter how optimistic we are (we should be by the way), sad to say, the reality of it is: theView full post »
January 25, 2014 update: posted another blog article — My Typhoon Yolanda Afterthoughts
December 20, 2013 update: posted another blog article — The Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath
November 24, 2013 update: added new photos andView full post »
Featured Photo: Tacloban Astrodome
It was a stormy rainy day on my way back home, had to stop for this one.
Tacloban City Convention Center
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/125, ISO 1600, Leica M Monochrom, Leica Summilux-M 50mm 1.4 ASPHView full post »
Canto Fresco at the Tacloban Astrodome
For the best hand-rolled pizza in town… Canto Fresco offers a unique artistic ambience, good food and ideally located in between the downtown and uptown area of Tacloban. Here are some few snapsView full post »
Back at the Carnival again? Sharing one more set of the Carnival at the Tacloban Astrodome… This one was after the fiesta, there were far lesser people, not jam-packed like the ones during the weeks before fiesta. This carnivalView full post »