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 »
“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 »
Grand Santa Cruzan 2015 in Tacloban City
It has always been a good photographic experience shooting events like the Grand Santa Cruzan. It harnesses your ability to shoot in challenging situations – lowlight, moving subject, mixedView full post »
December 7, 2014, Tacloban City: Hours After Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) — It was more than 12 agonizing hours of relentless rain and battering winds, the sheer thundering sound of it certainly keeps you on your senses for the wholeView full post »
December 6, 2014, Tacloban City: Hours before Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)… As I type this, we are experiencing torrential rainfall and winds and it’s getting stronger by the hour. Expected landfall in Northern Samar by aroundView full post »
My Yolanda Photowalk – A year after… November 8, 2014 – I spent the day hopping from one place to the other, trying to catch a glimpse of the life exactly a year after typhoon Yolanda devastated Tacloban City and theView 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 »
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 »
Grand Santa Cruzan 2014 in Tacloban City. Life after Typhoon Yolanda has not been easy… but life has to move on. And the resiliency of the people is what defines its character. The practice of age-old traditions like the Grand SantaView 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 »
Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath in Monochrome
Finally got the chance to shoot some photos of the aftermath in a purely monochrome fashion. I’ve long to do this, but the recovery efforts here has hindered me in doing so. It has taken muchView full post »
Typhoon Yolanda – Life After the Storm.
Sharing some more random shots of the life after the storm… Taken from around the city of Tacloban, majority of them in the most affected areas like in San Jose and Anibong. I’veView full post »