Hot, humid, relentless – most Filipinos have a very mixed relation with their urban surroundings. Many locals don’t like the streets, the traffic and the bad air, but some seem to enjoy the modern and comfortable amenities big cities offer.
People do not only drive and cycle on this city streets, they live there. For many families the paved road in front of their house is their living room, their kitchen and yes, in the worst case their toilet. This gives extraordinary room for capturing everyday life in a new light, a very intimate look into local communities.
Navigating around those communities is a confusing and beautiful experience. Quite in contrary to Western streets where everything is regulated, the Philippines urban environments leave room for chaos, spontaneity and coincidences.
The most difficult challenge is how to capture this chaos in a way viewers will understand. At a first glance it seems easy to take great street photography, but with time I learned that I got to be fast. This collection of photographs is a testimonial of my experiences, my very own attempt to capture this rare glimpses of magic happening everyday somewhere in cities in the Philippines.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Hey there! My name is Sam and I was born in the german speaking part of Switzerland. I am a documentary and portrait photographer, passionated traveler and minimalist. I love indie sounds, meditation and muesli (my secret sauce to get myself going in the morning).
Very recently I got married to my better half, a beautiful filipina soul called Belle and together we like to travel whenever we can.
Leave me a message if you liked this project at firstname.lastname@example.org
I reply every mail.