Through a child’s eyes

Photography is not for adults only, say these aspiring young artists


“A VIEW of the city from Fort Santiago,” by Keona Lozada

No one sees the world like children do.

They see things invisible to everyone who has lost the inquisitive and wandering sight of a child’s eye. How this way of seeing translates into photography is a thing of beauty, and the Southern Light Cameraderie (SLC) Kids and Teens Club aims to put it front and center by nurturing their students’ innate creativity and ability for self-expression.

Since its launch on November of 2012, the SLC Kids and Teens Club has held photo field trips for kids and teens aged 8-15 who

“STRING Puppets,” by Keona Lozada, 13

have a keen interest in photography. One particular educational activity, held last summer at Fort Santiago, also aimed to increase their awareness of the country’s rich history, letting the well-known historical spot’s relics and monuments inspire the youthful minds of SLC students.

“No one is too young to take pictures like these. There is so much beauty around us, and if we keep our eyes open, we can also take awesome and inspiring photographs.” says Keona Marie Lozada, 13, one of 12 students to participate in the activity. “I would want to send out the message that photography is not just for adults.”

When asked how it feels to be among her peers, Mary Gabrielle Valbuena, also 13, says, “It feels good, knowing that you share the same passion with other young and aspiring photographers. It makes me want to hone my creative talent and also be a professional photographer someday.”

ALL HAPPY faces for these young photographers

“By taking pictures of our country’s natural beauty, we can help improve tourism in our beloved Philippines,” said Vincent Villarama,  15.

“LOOK Behind You,” by Inigo Lorenzo Pelonio, 12

The event was mentored by members of the Southern Light Cameraderie, among them Gabriel dela Peña, Leo John Cordova, Joshua Villareal, Mark Valbuena, Neil Belen, Leah Taas, JM Salvador and Dyowi Contreras, and headed by its president, Eloise Lozada, and was participated in by 12 students.

Fun prizes and giveaways were given during the workshop and photowalk courtesy of sponsors and supporters.

(Rates of P750 for members and P1,250 for non-members are inclusive of lunch and snacks.)

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