“In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19)
Ladies and Gents, welcome to a place where you can find blue skies, white cross, green grass and peaceful silence all in one. Welcome to Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.
Just a brief info about this place, the Cemetery Gates are open from 9am to 5pm. Make no mistake about it folks, the guards here were really strict on implementing the house rules, specially the operating hours, which turns our normal shooting plan into a 30-minute photo walk challenge. How? Here’s the story (really boring and nonsense but I’ll say it anyway)…
We’ve took a cab ride from Ayala MRT Station (just to assure our destination since we don’t know how to get here) and tell Manong (the cool driver of the cab that plays a Bon Jovi track) that we need to get here to this beautiful, peaceful place for shooting. Good thing he knows this place so everything is smooth and easy for us.
We’ve arrived here at exactly 4:30 pm, relaxed and quite lazy. Upon entering the Cemetery Gates (my favorite cut from Pantera), Manong, who wears a cool, black sunglasses (who’s also one of the Security Guards of this place) approach us and handed out a laminated yellow paper which states the rules and regulations/ do’s and dont’s of the cemetery. So cutting the crap out, it’s clearly stated in the paper (which is also displayed at the gates which we didn’t notice) that the regular operating hours is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. – end of story!
So enough with the chit chat, here are some of the shots that I’ve come up within 30 minutes; and let me tell you, it ain’t easy shooting under time pressure. Hope you guys like this one. Check this out!
HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY
A COMRADE IN ARMS
KNOWN BUT TO GOD
The Tree of
Isolated: Away from the Dead
White Cross. Black Shadows.
White Cross. Black Shadows. Repeating Patterns.
Shape defined. Subject undefined.
Cemetery in Black Beauty.
Walk the faded line.
The Other Side.
Peace in Shooting.
That’s it folks! Hope you had a great time viewing/reading this blog o’ mine. One piece of advice though, just a personal thought… Never leave a photowalk without having a self-portrait. (even if it’s suck or not, just do it!)
And by the way, shotnroll.com (this website/ photoblog/ portfolio/ gallery of mine) is turning 2 years old today; And personally, I just wanna say thanks to you guys (yes I’m talking to you, darn it! Hehehe!) who keeps on visiting this site and understanding what I’ve been doing for the past year. Let’s cheers and have a drink for another year to come… You guys were truly legendary! Thanks, thanks… \m/
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