Ever done photo walks where you feel like you are a real photographer with a camera hanging on your neck and you are capturing things you don’t know why you even captured? I’ve done that. A lot of times. But this one’s really great and different from the things I do when I photowalk alone. First, I am with my good friend, a high school buddy that up until now, annoys me so much that I couldn’t live without his senseless jokes. Kidding aside. Second, I won’t have to set my camera with a tripod for me to have photo with some artworks I love.
I usually do this alone but for the sake of this annoying but kind-hearted friend of mine, I went out with him to do photo walk. Our first stop is The National Museum which is near Kalaw Ave.
If you are an art geek and wants to be expose with different kinds of artworks, sculptures and national artists, museums are a place to be. This is actually my first time to go here and I am so stoke to see my favorite artists’ memorabilias. As soon as we entered the double doors of the National Museum, I felt a flush of fever for the artsy ambiance of the building. “Tangina ang ganda” (*curse word* it’s beautiful). That’s what I whispered to my friend. I haven’t been formally introduce my friend. He is Mike, an artsy dude too.
We decided to roam around after taking a picture of Spolarium by Juan Luna, one of the most prominent and well-known Filipino artist. Pinned below was the Spolarium:
We wandered along the corridors and different art galleries and exhibits. While roaming the building, my friend and I keep on talking about history and politics and people’s way of life, now and then. We can’t help our selves but to be amazed. We were astounded by the artists’ way of expressing thoughts through certain painting strokes and through the paintings itself. It depicts a lot of historic events that has been put into art. I studied every detail of the artworks I have seen inside the museum and I have learned that colors can set the mood of the painting. One notable and remarkable artwork/painting I’ve seen was the painting of Gene Cabrera in 1957 entitled ‘A tragic lesson (The Fall of Bataan)’. It is a painting of people with hollowed faces. They are like grim and actually they have a face of a skeleton. I felt an unexplainable sadness while studying its colors and the picture. The people are nothing but a forgotten dream. Dead and gone. Here’s a picture of it.
I can’t imagine the tone and feeling of the artists while making their piece. are they strange or insane like me when they do it? A variety of paintings are exhibited inside this and each artist have different ways of how they will let people interpret their art. Like for example, I saw a painting which has a naked women cover with blood. I interpreted it as the Japanese era when those Nihon military officers rape women and kill them for pleasure. No offense meant. I hopped into the next painting and it also has a woman lying on the ground. And also the next one is about a women and her family being drag by men. I realized that it is a series of paintings that depicts violence against women. Here it is.
(I am in the picture because I am a work of art *monkey grin*)
I am living the dream of being a girl in a world of art. Well I have not much to say but I’ll post photographs of artworks in here.
Also I wanna share that I have learned a lot during this trip. I also got some art ideas that I could use when doing a watercolor art, or when drawing using graphite or charcoal. I can mix some of Juan Luna’s style and Emilio Aguilar Cruz’s works. When it comes to painting, my role model includes Luna, Van Gogh (which artworks’ are not belong here) and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo. Here are some of their works (Van Gogh’s not included)
Bandera Filipina, by Luna
Portrait of Juan Luna Y Novicio by Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo
Here are some pictures of some artworks:
Japanese Scenes by Juan Luna Y Novicio, 1886
Roundel Relief Portrait Bust of Jose Rizal by Isabelo Tampico Y Lacandola, 1910
And since this is a day of taking pictures anywhere, we grabbed the opportunity to take photos of ourselves and the people we see upon walking the streets of Kalaw and Intramuros, the walled city. Here are some.
and since we came there to support each other, we took photos of each other lol. (support a friend system). I’m his photographer and he’s mine. Using Pentax and Nikon, we took a lot of #bloggerbelike photos and we’re ready to dominate the photography world (and I am kidding). I didn’t mention that he is a broadcasting student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines and I am a comm student. so much for being a copycat dude lol. He’s been my friend since high school and I am glad that we share the same passion, it is photography and art. I won’t make much spectacle about what we have but I will post photos that we took. *Note: If the subject is me then he’s the one taking the photo* *but most of his subject is me so it’s all about me being a M-O-D-E-L for a day.
(Here’s more. Proof that I’m his idol)
To sum this sh*t up, I enjoyed being with one of my trusted friend and of course, you can never go wrong with art and photography. This is just a summary of what we did that day. Part 2 of this will uploaded soon. (and it is all about the things inside the museum)
Thank you for visiting.