“OUR PHOTOSHOP POLICY Whereas other magazines photoshop to achive the “ideal” body type or leave a maximum of three wrinkles, we never alter the body or face structure of our models with Photoshop. We firmly believe that the unique features of women — be it crows feet, freckles, or a less-than-rock-hard body — contribute to their beauty and therefore don’t need to be removed or changed.”
Now THERE’s a new phrase: “social photography.” I suppose this should have been invented in the heyday of DSLR sales, where even the noobest of the noobs wanted one, but for the purpose of taking photos of themselves as they lived their social lives. Imagine the difficulty of taking a selfie with a DSLR and you’ll know what I mean.
What do Dave Matthews, Taylor Swift, Prince and Jason Mraz have in common? They all play on guitars made by the people who make the big baby taylor guitar.
It’s taking your idolisation to the next level, buying stuff that the people you admire have. I’ll always keep my Nikon FM2 and 105mm AiS lens, for instance, because it’s the camera and lens that my idol Steve McCurry used to shoot the Afghan girl photo for the National Geographic.
Of course, having the same gear as your idols have won’t assure that you’ll be as good as they are. It’s an old Taglish (mixture of Tagalog and English) saying: “It’s the Indian, not the Pana.” This means that a good tool in the hands of a craftsman can produce great things, as opposed to a fantastic tool in the hands of a newbie may not necessarily yield good products.
My cousing Hilda once opened my eyes to the value of supporting local businesses. In our current mall culture, most of the small scale entrepreneurs have all but disappeared. We have given up handmade cloth for ready to wear, local naturally-grown produce for GMO veggies from the supermarket, and cultural beads and bracelets for shiny trinkets from china.
This Christmas when we think of buying gifts for family and friends wouldn’t it be better if we could get locally made pandora bracelets from backyard manufacturers, which some of the time are our neighbors too? All this buying in malls has made us predatory, and less appreciative of quality in favor of cost.
Just so people know where I am coming from when I say stop bashing. Stop bashing politicians and stop bashing Yolanda victims who have resorted to looting days after they lost their homes and members of their family.
My family, along with thousands of other residents of Mactan Island, Cebu, was a victim of Super typhoon Ruping in 1990. Although not as woefully destructive as Yolanda, Ruping left our house and several others roofless, and leaning like the tower of Pisa. It cut our island off from the mainland of Cebu when the oil freighter Sanko Elegance rammed the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge at the height of the storm.
The devastation left the island with no electricity, no market goods and practically almost no food for at least two weeks. Response from the capital, under Cory Aquino, was slow, even non-existent, in the first few days.
But it turned out we didn’t have to look too far for help. days after the last winds died, social workers began going around surveying the damage, getting head counts of families on the island. They gave us claim stubs, one for every five family members, telling us to be at the Sangi Barangay Hall the next day.
So YES, I have stood in the relief lines with my eldest son, then seven years old. Yes, I knew what it was like to worry if I was going to have something to feed him that day.
And if it weren’t for the Chinese businessmen from both the mainland and those who had bodegas in the island, and a few Cebuano politicians who decided they were Cebuanos first and politicians later, there would not have been any relief goods, and the distribution would not have been as orderly and as regular.
The trucks that came with our bags of rice and sardines and noodles did not come festooned with politicians faces. They were red and had Chinese characters in gold and white painted on the wooden sides. They acted soon enough, so we, thank goodness, did not become desperate enough to resort to looting.
So. Unless you have stood in that same line sometime in your life, you won’t know. You won’t even know why looters took umbrellas as well. You sneer at them saying why they need umbrellas? Didn’t you see their houses were gone along with their roofs? Nasubukan mo na bang pumila for relief goods sa ilalim ng init ng araw, ng mahigit ilang oras, bitbit ang anak mong maliit? No? Then SHUT THE FUCK UP.
You see a politician’s face or seal stamped onto a relief bag and you start to rant and boo? I’m telling you, if I had received such a bag from those trucks I would have thanked the person who handed it to me, because it was from his hands that I received it. Yes, I would have cooked the rice and yes I would have felt grateful for having something to feed my son.
Stop the bashing. Start helping. You already have? Then help some more.
(The following video was posted on http://verafiles.org/like-a-post-apocalyptic-hollywood-movie/. Photos by Luis Liwanag.)
There have been photos going around on Facebook and other places on the net, of politicians apparently (and sickeningly) taking advantage of the plight of those hardest hit by Typhoon Yolanda.
Among these are a photo of the back of a truck with a huge tarpaulin cover with Vice President Binay’s face on it, making it look like the VP is politicizing aid to Yolanda victims.
There is one that I saw just a few minutes ago of instant noodles bearing a yellow label and ribbon symbol of the President.
Both images are not at all related to the aid for Yolanda’s victims. I will post proof below, including how to check if images are new or rehashed, before you decide to react. Please make sure you see all the comments for the steps.
Click on the small black camera icon in the search box, and you will see this:
Now, take an image you have seen anywhere on facebook, and find the actual URL of the image. You can do this by right-clicking on an image and selecting “Copy Image Location” (Firefox), or “Copy Image URL” (Chrome), or “Copy Image Address” (Safari). Sorry I don’t use IE hehe. When you have done that, click inside Google’s Paste Image URL, right-click and paste, then click the Search by Image button.
And here’s our first example. The Yellow Ribbon noodle packs. After performing the above steps on this photo I got this result:
Our second example: The back of the truck with the Veep’s tarp.
You can also use an online exif viewer as one FB poster did, but who may have deleted the particular post perhaps because he realized it was faulty evidence.
You see, XMP data–which contains data that includes the date when the photo was actually taken–is stripped by Facebook, ergo using Jeffery’s Online Exif viewer (http://regex.info/exif.cgi) will be useless on FB posted photos.
ICC data, which does appear, contains a DATE but it is NOT the date on which the photo was taken, but the date of release of the ICC profile used to when the image was first opened in an image editor. The FB poster who uploaded the image of a white plastic bag full of apparently relief goods with a sticker of the VP’s office, tried to prove its age using the ICC profile date, which is wrong.
We might have better luck if we find the same photo posted elsewhere but not sourced from facebook, but our best bet is google’s image finder.
As for the white plastic bags, an explanation has been offered by the office of the VP: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/binay-camp-explains-relief-bags-ovp-seal-205425094.html — but until we find a reliable source of the photo of the white plastic bags with the stickers on them, we’ll never be sure of its true origins.
The earliest apperance of this photo online that I found is–wait for it–on the twitter account @FakeNoynoy which is, of course, a satiric twitter account (just sayin’ for those of you who have no satirical bones in your bodies )
Well done, VP Binay! Kahit sa gitna ng kalamidad, hindi parin mababawasan ang KAPAL NG MUKHA ng politikong pilipino! pic.twitter.com/H7SVHnqNH9