This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Working the Well. Vigan, Philippines.

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Midnight Candy Crush. Sapa, Vietnam.

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Monk at the Station. Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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Morning Market. Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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Posted By Lester V Ledesma

So where do I start? After my wifey's surprise Maldives treat and the Bangkok assignment in January, a few other things happened on the way to today:

There was the run to Phuket and Sukhothai where I covered King Ramkamhaeng's birthday, among other things:

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Then it was off to Myanmar where I photographed Yangon and Inle:
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Afterwards, I headed off with my PhotoTrekkers to Bhutan where we shot the Punakha Dromche:
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Not bad for the first half of the year, I tell ya:
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Then without further ado, I hied off to Kuala Lumpur to shoot Islamic architecture and hang with Hainanese old-timers:
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A few weeks of rest followed, then I promptly boarded at plane to Hanoi, where I hopped aboard the night train to Sapa Valley:
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... and then I found myself back in Myanmar - whopeee - for the year's second PhotoTrek!
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Philippines next - this time to Coron and Calauit Island:
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Which happened back-to-back with an excursion down south to meet the Manobo tribespeople of Butuan:
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Afterwards I stayed home to spend the Singapore Jubilee weekend with my wife and daughter:
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Needless to say I'm happy with how this year is going.
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A little tired, but yes - very happy :)


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Holy Shit. This street photography thing is really addictive. The fact that it can be done practically anywhere is a reassuring balm. And for photographers experiencing vision fatigue, it's like looking at the world with totally new glasses.

Case in point: the Bicutan Interchange, a messy crossroads for jeeps, buses, cars, motorbikes, pedicabs, bicycles and trains that I used to traverse everyday (back when I was living in the Philippines). I never gave it a second look for the last 36 years, until yesterday.

Fresh from PhotoTreks: Heart of Malaysia where my co-lecturer Luis Liwanag talked about Street Photography, I decided to practice these eyes on a subject I know well.

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It was fun - really fun - to take a long, hard look at one's own neighborhood. I remember once seeing a dude get stabbed right under this walkway. I was twelve back then. Now there are policemen on every corner.

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Chaotic as it is, this intersection was even busier a decade ago, with blind musicians and stuff.

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Now it's organized (and somewhat quiet enough) to have young vendors reading magazines right on the island :)

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It's exciting to think that my new favorite Manila shooting spot is right outside my village!


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
A young passenger tries to make the most out of a slow, hot train ride from Malaysia's Kluang station to Singapore:

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