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Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath in Monochrome

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 much of my time and energy. It’s much different by now. Now, I’m limited in my movement, and any chance to dwell into photography has always been a welcome and a delight. Especially when I get the chance to shoot again in black & white? Bliss! It’s something inherently rooted with the fact that black and white photos are more nostalgic and the limitation with being voided of colors other than the shades of gray is still one of my best photographic decisions ever made (really? hhhmmm…). Anyway, enough with my photographic reflections… back to reality (check):

Tacloban City has always been beautiful, not the super urbanized city yet but is as modern as the more well-known cities in the Philippines. A mixture of that countryside living in an urban setting so to speak… I guess Tacloban City is now well-known right? No doubt. Never in my wildest imagination did it occur to me something like Typhoon Yolanda would cause a magnitude of wrath and destruction to this beloved hometown. Well, that’s the reality and we got to face it.

I’ve dedicated my time alloted for photography in documenting the life after the typhoon. I’ve seen and heard a lot of stories here and there, some of them are really heart aching that sometimes you begin to start questioning why such things happen in life. It’s sometimes hard to fathom the losses this typhoon has brought. It’s been more than 6 months by now, the challenges are still a long way to overcome, I will, in my own small way, continue to photograph the aftermath, the life and the hope it brings.

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Photographer’s note: Leica M Monochrom, Leica Summicron-M 28mm 2 ASPH

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