PILAR NEREIDA

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Life with Indica, Karma & Orka.. .

It was late 2006 when I found out about Lomography through the people I met in my random trips everywhere, and what drew me to it was the diverse range of cameras it offered – from the Supersampler, Fisheye, LC-A, Holga, Diana, Action Sampler etc. The different outcome of it’s photos was just so interesting and fun that it only took a millisecond for me to decide to get one. At first I really wanted to get an Action Sampler or a Frogeye only because I felt that it suited my ‘active’ lifestyle back then, with the occasional trips to the mountains, beaches and all. But it was only in 2008 that I got to buy my first lomo camera, a Holga 120CFN which I named Indica II (after Indica I, my now defunct Canon EOS 350D back in college), what I liked about the Holga was that it had a lot of options, from multiple exposures to the splash of colors you want in every picture – it was such a f***ing experiment! The only problem I had with my Holga was that it uses a 120mm film which was not available everywhere and was quite more expensive than the usual films in camera shops, so you either had to know a local ‘film pusher’ or order it online. But the complication doesn’t stop there because camera shops within my city didn’t process such film format, so you had to ship it to Manila and wait for it to be delivered into your home (and you could just imagine my excitement while waiting for my first batch of films to be delivered!).

self-portrait (first attempt with Holga 120CFN)

self-portrait (first attempt with Holga 120CFN)

Einstein, Kidlat's pit bull (Holga 120CFN)

Einstein, Kidlat’s pit bull (Holga 120CFN)

the now defunct Junkshop Collective Store (Fisheye1)

art at the Junkshop Collective (Fisheye1)

Intramuros, Manila (Fisheye1)

Intramuros, Manila (Fisheye1)

graffiti at Intramuros (Fisheye1)

graffiti at Intramuros (Fisheye1)

MIng Tombs, China (Fisheye1)

Ming Tombs, China (Fisheye1)

mi bellas (Holga 120CFN)

mi bellas Bohol trip (Holga 120CFN)

But my love for lomography didn’t stop with the Holga 120CFN, fastforward a few years later in 2011 my partner-in-crime Kidlat surprised me with a Diana F+ and a Fisheye2. Finally, I had my own Fisheye and didn’t have to borrow my friend Le’s Fisheye1, which I took with me to several trips. And then there was the Diana F+ which also offered a lot of options for shooting, and these new babies I named Karma (Diana F+) and Orka (Fisheye2). Aside from the sporadic shoots here and there, it was also great meeting new people who share the same interest in Lomography when my friend Kate asked me to join Analog Cebu (a group of Lomo enthusiasts in the city who are a lot more dedicated and 100x more talented than yourstruly). Although I am not very much active in the group, I still learn a lot from them and get inspired to shoot more everytime I see their posts and pictures. With the many lomo cameras still available out there, I don’t think that I’d stop at 3 cameras though – still thinking hard and saving up for the next lomo purchase. I’m definitely not a pro at taking pictures with these babies and don’t plan to take it to such a serious level, I just merely want to have fun with it – like how it’s designed to be.

airplane ride (Fisheye2)

airplane ride (Fisheye2)

Digos, Davao (Fisheye2)

Digos, Davao (Fisheye2)

farmland carabao x megasketcher (Diana F+)

farmland carabao x megasketcher (Diana F+)

falling city (Diana F+)

falling city (Diana F+)

Pasir Ris, Singapore (Diana F+)

Pasir Ris, Singapore (Holga 120CFN)

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old Singapore skate park (Holga120CFN)

my babies - Karma, Orka & Indica

my babies – Karma, Orka & Indica II

Analog Cebu in our lomowall at the old Outpost

Analog Cebu in our lomowall at the old Outpost (forgot who took the picture)

Peace, Love & some RakEnRoll,

Pilar Nereida

***click Lomography for more info and photos, also check out my lomo page – http://www.lomography.com/homes/pilarnereida  

Off to see the wizard.. .

I’ll be leaving Cebu today to work in another island paradise, it wasn’t an easy decision but with my numerous dreams – well, I had follow one of ’em. It will be hard leaving my comfort zone where there’s always an easy access to my family and friends but being away to an unfamiliar place just rouses my sense of adventure even more. I’m excited and all ready to face this new chapter in my life and hey it’s still comforting to know that I’m just a plane ride away anyway. And although I may be very busy nowadays, I will try my best to give updates and find time to write, so just keep posted. Cheers!

Peace, Love & some RakEnRoll,

Pilar Nereida

KALAYO – uniquely Filipino World Music

Kalayo is a new ‘old’ band who has been in the Filipino music industry for as long as I can remember, they were formerly PINIKPIKAN, one of the best bands and probably the first to introduce world music to the country. And now known as Kalayo, they are still the same group of talented people who just won’t stop giving us great music, the band is Sammy Asuncion, Louie Talan, Boy Garrovillo, Budeths Casinto, DJ Rodriguez and Reli de Vera. Of all the band members, I’m only familiar with Sammy Asuncion since he’s practically an old soldier in the music industry and many great musicians have been under his apprenticeship, and of course there’s Louie Talan whose music I really got to follow being with Razorback, Kapatid and even his other projects like Loquy, Malaya and a lot more (he seems to be very in demand no?). So I got to see Kalayo play at the Outpost last 29th of March and it was well worth the wait since my friends and I arrived around 8:30pm and they only got to play after 12 or so but hey admission was free so no complaints here. Although we didn’t get to finish the show and left shortly after their first set nevertheless, we still got to listen to really good music.

chatting up with brother Louie, Louie,Louie.. .

Sammy and I

For more information about Kalayo like gigs or to just listen to their music, checkout their website here or like their page on Facebook. Also, watch the video of their first single ‘Lumaban Ka’ in their album Kalayo Malaya on Youtube. Enjoy! ;-)

Peace, Love & some RakEnRoll,

Pilar Nereida

***photos by El Torrefranca

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