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The mystery and grandeur of Mount Pulag through the kids’ eyes. That is what Juan Portrait now wants to partake with the rest of the nation when it hosts the works of twenty pupils of the Mount Pulag Primary School in Benguet who, last July, attended their photography program.
It was last July when the participating school kids, between 4th and 6th grades learned the basics of photography in a classroom that was 7 748 feet above sea level, in one of the most distinct biodiversity in the country these days.
Mount Pulag is the 3rd highest mountain in Philippines. It is the highest peak in Luzon. A part of Mount Pulag is assigned as a National Park hosting 528 documented plant species. Endangered and threatened animal species could still be seen in mountain forests such as Giant Bushy Tailed Cloud Rat, the Long Haired Fruit Bat, the Philippine Deer, the Koch pitta bird and Dwarf cloud rat.
The mentors of photography were from Juan Portrait, a non-profit community of writers, photographers, professionals, artists as well as other volunteers attached by their collective drive to use their skills to repay to communities across the nation. One of their important programs is Community Frames.
The Mount Pulag workshop mentors – Geloy Maligaya, Geric Cruz, Jake Verzosa and Alex Constantino – did not restrain the photography lessons in classrooms. They brought the kids to Mount Pulag summit so that they can capture and appreciate the gift of nature in a frame.
In the last Thanksgiving, when the rest of her family members dines together and celebrated the important day, Ashleigh Scully was on a very different mission – she was set to take a snap a male red fox that she had been tracking for some time in their garden. Speaking about those days Gerry, Ashleigh’s dad, told that she spent most of the day sitting in a tent with a camera and she was so excited to tell us she had finally took a snap of the animal.
A subsequent snap she clicked at Great Swamp that radiated the innocence and beauty of another fox at a very unique time got featured in both an issue of National Geographic Kids, the popular magazine that is known for recognizing some of the most outstanding youth photographers.
Gerry added that this is when things changed and all of them realized that Ashleigh’s hobby of wildlife and wedding photography was becoming more of a passion and also possible profession. Ashleigh picked up her mother’s point and shoot camera when she was little and that is how she tenanted her free time when she was just five or six, taking snaps of frogs as well as other wildlife. When she was 8 years old, she got her own camera, and her interests developed to wildlife subjects beyond her own home, where she sought out animals like foxes and hawks.
Speaking about her passion, Ashleigh told that she loved animals her whole life and she wants people to see them their beauty, not just for their fur or for sport. She added that she especially love to capture animals showing special emotions that people in general do not usually see, like a mother fox with her kits.
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As a person who loves photography, she was drawn naturally to the St. Louis Camera Club Centennial Exhibit at Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries. It features fifty snaps by present club members as well as covers the themes Travel, Photojournalism, Nature and Color. There’s a great mix of black and white and color, and of man made, natural and human subjects.
Spirits of the Wild, a collection of landscape and wildlife photography by Atherton’s Larry Calof, would be featured in June at Portola Art Gallery in Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. A reception for Larry would be held from 1 pm to 4 pm, 14th June, Saturday.
Mr. Larry Calof spent thirty years doing securities and corporate law, before rediscovering his love for photography. Mr. Calof told that he love using natural light and high quality digital equipment to click landscape and wildlife images in distinct manners which illuminate their unique characteristics. In his wildlife photography, he attempts to find an emotional connection with his subjects. In his landscape photography, he look for light and angles to add magical or mystical perspectives to his images.
The exhibit features pictures printed on aluminum, and pieces printed on archival paper. Larry has exhibited and got several awards at different juried art shows that include Pacific Art League, the California Land Trust Gallery and Filoli. Larry was the top prize winner in the national photography contest of Cowboys & Indians magazine in the year 2006.