P’nan Photographers Club celebrates 5th Year Anniversary
(An article I did for Focus Weekly, an avantgarde corporate newsmagazine in Northern Luzon)
Pangasinan’s own and Northern Luzon’s sole Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) accredited club celebrates its 5th anniversary through a public exhibit in SM Rosales. The well thought out exhibition ran from May 25 to 30, revealing some of the most brilliant photos taken by locals, and non-nationals.
Aimed at extending the faculties of its members and inspiring awareness through quality photography, Pangasinan Photographers Club (PaPhoc) opted to go a relatively new direction, albeit the methods evident from previous exhibits, now informed by ideas not limited to Pangasinan.
Joe Malicdem, the present President of the club, says that through joint efforts and supervised collection, the exhibit was made possible. It took the team three months of preparation.
Sana, kahit sa modernisasyong mayroon tayo ngayon ay makuhang lumingon at i-appreciate ng mga tao ang kahit anong uri ng sining. Minsan, mas nakikita natin ‘yung realidad sa mga litrato kesa ‘yung sa telebisyon o sa Internet (I hope despite the modernization and access to technology, people get to see and appreciate any type of art. Every so often, we discern reality through photos more than television and the Internet), expressed by Nick Custodio, a spectator and resident of Barangay Carmen East, Rosales.
Aside from conducting public displays, PaPhoc also gears toward free workshops and outreach programs in help of an unfortunate organization. In 2012, PaPhoc, under the responsibility of Ray Rosario then, delivered community services to Salapingao, Binmaley where they gave slippers and school supplies to underprivileged children.
Knowing the club and its community
PaPhoc is created in 2009 for the upliftment of Philippine photography and the welfare of Pangasinan photographers. It is a non-profit organization that advocates cooperation among photographers—of which the province has more than enough than realized.
By providing the right leadership, PaPhoc has been recognized by the industry as a unifying organization.
In a special Focus Weekly ‘Profiles’ interview, Joe Malicdem, who is known by some as “The One Man Production Photographer” (because he can do it all, from styling to post-production) reflects on the club’s history and future plans.
FOCUS: How did PaPhoc come to light? What was the inspiration behind it?
Joe Malicdem: Our club started during the celebration of Bangus Festival 2009, since photographers gather at the time to document the prestigious event. So forming an organization made sense. Our preliminary aim is to improve our skills, be able to share knowledge, and discover things about photography collectively.
F: Who are members of the club?
JM: We are composed of shooters who specialized in nature, portrait, still life, fashion, and events photography. But we don’t limit ourselves when it comes to our strengths. We have members who are effective in graphics, and we also conduct workshops within the club.
F: Since PaPhoc is using surplus revenues, how were you able to maintain it?
JM: We pay for our own expenses. We assist each other, from transportation means to food. But when the club decided to mature extensively by producing more workshops, and joining the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) for accreditation, we resolved to collecting annual fees.
F: Tell us more about the exhibit (in celebration of PaPhoc’s 5th year anniversary).
JM: In our previous exhibits, we focus on showcasing the people, places, and livelihood in the province of Pangasinan. But this year, we recognized photos taken from other parts of the world since we have foreign members. This will be an exciting chance for everyone to see a large group of diverse original prints.
F: What can you advise our aspiring photographers out there?
JM: Photography is an art of observation. It’s not just how you hold a camera and shoot; it’s the way you see life and everything around you. Take lots of pictures in a variety of different situations. Get out of your comfort zone. And learn to accept criticism and use it to better your work. With experience, you grow. You may also join a club, like I did. I mastered my skills because I listened and paid attention.
F: How do you see PaPhoc in the succeeding years? What are your future plans for the club?
JM: We want it grow more. To be able to penetrate the entire region, or the global industry. Also, to do more volunteer missions.