Graffiti & Demonstrations


I'm having a great week and hopefully it will end that way. Last Sunday we did a shoot at an abandoned building in Betty Go Belmonte and just this evening I took some photos during the Labor Day demonstrations at Mendiola.

Last Sunday we asked Art whose our colleague at work to be our model for our latest shoot. We did the shoot in an abandoned building near the Betty Go Belmonte LRT station. It was freaking hot and everyone was sweating by the bucket, but that did not deter us from going around one area after the other taking photos.

Art was awesome and despite the grime and puddles of water left by the rain during the morning, he didn't mind doing some poses for us. He even climb up the ledge using a ladder that could snap any minute.

Here's Roy "the designer" Restauro showing some swag haha!
I only took a few photos since I'm not really familiar with that area and I was ill prepared that time. I don't even have an idea of a pose nor a story that I could do but what the hell right? Just kidding. Don't do that! Going on a shoot without an idea of what you are going to do and what you want is dumb and wasteful.

Moving on, just this afternoon I went again to Mendiola to take photographs during the Labor Day demonstrations. Unlike last year wherein it rained during the demonstrations, this year the sun was up and no hint of rain was seen.

For this year's photos I was supposed to bring my CD-R King flash and try to do the same thing that I did during the 114th Independence Day. But I after giving much of a thought I decided not to because I don't want to draw attention and end up like the freelance photographer who almost got mobbed. Instead I opted to just shooting using a wide lens which presented a challenge because I have to get really close to the subject that I'm photographing.

Anyway, everything ended out well despite the fact that my camera (and my face) almost melted because I was shooting close to the burning effigy. I'm thinking for next year I should maybe do a triptych or I could follow a person for the whole day.


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Patrick Jude M. Ilagan born June 24, 1990 is a graphic designer, photographer and content specialist based in Manila, Philippines. Patrick is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas wherein he earned his degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising.

After graduating he worked as a graphic designer and art director for on Gadgets Magazine under Great Minds Media Inc. which is a publishing company based in Quezon City, Philippines in 2011 until 2012. He then moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro as a content writer which later on became Digital Room Inc. (Philippines) wherein he became a digital marketing specialist. In the same year he moved to Web Providers Dev. Pro he also part-timed as an instructor for a local college based in Makati, Philippines wherein he taught graphic design.

Patrick wrote and made downloadable content for You the Designer which is a graphic design lifestyle blog in 2012 until early 2014 with artist Kerby Rosanes. In mid-2014 He shifted his efforts and co-founded photography lifestyle and inspiration blog named You the Photographer with George Nacpil. He is currently the blog's editor.

Patrick often refers to himself as a pixel craftsman since he is mostly working with a computer. Patrick mostly uses Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom for his work.

When not working Patrick immerses himself in TV shows, movies, books and games. He is also a fan of underground live music shows, food fairs, art exhibits and roaming around museums.