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
Revisiting Costa Brava, San Jose – one of the worst-hit barangays in Tacloban City during the landfall of Typhoon Yolanda on that fateful day, November 8, 2013. Most of the families have transferred to the new relocation site by now,View full post »
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 »
A quick revisit of San Juanico Bridge, majestic and iconic as ever. It’s been quite a while since Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) struck our place, and this bridge has survived the storm, stood tall, and served as anView 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 »
Macro Adventures 8
Before we move on to my next mis-adventure, I’ll share some more photos from the bigger (/smaller — whichever you see it, haha!) side of the world… Cheers!
Photographer’s note: PanasonicView full post »
Macro Adventures 7
Back to some adventures with my favorite macro lens – the Panasonic Leica 45mm 2.8, aka PL45! What I love with this is I can bring a dedicated macro lens especially when on travel, minus the weight and bulk of itsView 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 »
Typhoon Yolanda First Anniversary.
It’s been a year! The hardships and struggles we endured through these trying times were one of the most dramatic phases of our lives to date. There are still many challenges ahead, let us brace forView full post »
A photo walk in Tacloban aftermath Typhoon Yolanda. After the typhoon, simple things in life all the more matter. An early morning (or late afternoon) photo walk in and around the city can be as fulfilling than ever before. For some, itView full post »
10 months after Typhoon Yolanda – just like that. Here are some shots I have taken lately… I’ll let the photos speak for what is the real score of the life here. Despite of what have happened, I can see the resilience ofView full post »