DIARY


Drawing

I remember I used to draw a lot. It didn’t matter where I was standing, if it was raining or if it was freezing, most importantly, what mattered to me was that I drew my best.

M

Two years ago, I spent my birthday on the other side of the world. Bogota was the farthest city in the world for me. It took a 35 hour journey for me to get there. That day, we walked in a garden and looked at flowers. When I was 12, I thought that when youContinue reading “M”

Mga Kaibigan (Friends)

I take a lot of photographs but it often takes me months before I see them again after the moment of taking. I mostly photograph people around me. I used to think that I would have a life as a photographer but right now, that’s not the life I have. Today I found these photographsContinue reading “Mga Kaibigan (Friends)”

A Tiny Box

In March 2017, Marta, a former teacher of mine arrived in Lisbon. She had been to Colombia and told me that my friend Anna sent a package for me. When I had met Marta, she handed me a tiny woven box, that fit in my palm. In it was a note and a pair ofContinue reading “A Tiny Box”

About today

“For the tender flower — I think of you. So far away. Where ever you are.”   Many months ago, the biggest fear I had, were no match for the realities of today. These days, in the time of difficulty, in the face of a New Corona Virus, taking away those we love, and puttingContinue reading “About today”

Being Here

Sometimes, I catch myself wondering how I got here. So many plans I had made, that lead me somewhere else. It’s as if I built my plans as destinations when they were really steps toward where I was supposed to end up.

Swimming in the Sea

When she was pregnant with my sister, she travelled on a boat with our father to go to an island a couple of hours away.

A Curve in the Sky

I left Lisbon almost suddenly. My lease was up in a week, and my internship at Terratreme had just finished. Winter was leaving. I knew it because I began to sweat profusely during my bike rides to work – that never happens in the winter. In winter, I’d bike in the biting cold morning. EventuallyContinue reading “A Curve in the Sky”

From Home

This time a year ago, we graduated from our masters. It was a very swift two weeks moving from a DocNomad, to just Nomad. In the last week of our course, we all flew to Brussels for our graduation. I remember that week in Brussels so well, so much that I feel like not muchContinue reading “From Home”

The Last Years

If I never again encounter a period of life such as this one,

A Portrait of Anna

A series of portraits that I’ve taken over the years, of the people who are part of me.

New Homes

A series of portraits that I’ve taken over the years, of the people who are part of me.

Budapest is Waiting

In January we moved to Budapest. It was winter and the first morning we spent in the city was one of the few days of snow. Winter was an exciting concept because I’ve never really experienced it but it was also very alien. It felt like the city was alien to me or, that IContinue reading “Budapest is Waiting”

The Train to Szentendre

We moved to Hungary last month. We had to get used to the place so we decided to get out of Budapest for a day. 

Winter

  We arrived in Budapest in one of the very few days that there was snow. In the last years, snow became a less frequent visitor during winter. Within two weeks, we already had to begin making our first films in Budapest and I worked with Ida.

Why We Photograph

July 2016 I went to Paris with my friend, Whammy in the summer. After breakfast, as we paid the bill, I noticed a man reading, with his full concentration on a book. I went up to him and said “Hello sir, do you speak english?” — “Yes.” — “May I take your photograph?”, I asked. “What for?” he askedContinue reading “Why We Photograph”

Halloween In Brussels

It has become sort of a tradition, that we do a little Halloween get together. I can’t really say it’s tradition, because at this point, it had only been the second time we’ve done it.

Bus Ride Home

When we moved in to our new flat that’s a few meters short of being in the city, the first thing that I worried about was going home. There was one bus that took us straight to school. It wasn’t the shortest bus ride but over the past months, I enjoyed taking it.

Paris was good

I took very few photographs of Paris. I had V with me, an analog camera Krish bought at a cash converters shop fifty steps away from his house in Arroios. When he told me about V, I thought it was excessive. But 8 months into the future, V is my only companion on my wayContinue reading “Paris was good”

Happy New Year

This was what my new life looked like. I first saw it through a tiny window in an airplane. Two years ago, on New Year’s eve,

Christmas Night 2015

I wrote this message last Christmas. Look! We’ve come this far. “I seem to want to write to you every chance I get! I must tell you how much I appreciate your patience with these things 🙂 Boa Tarde!”

YUGOSLAVAN

We went on a road trip last Easter, my friends and I. It was a long one, and we crossed country borders in a car. Yali and I were particularly ecstatic. If you live in an archipelago, crossing borders while driving is not an idea you entertain a lot, and for Yali, she says sheContinue reading “YUGOSLAVAN”

Viszontlátásra Giovanni Gallotta

I remember coming home one night. “Fuck it’s so cold. Fuck Fuck My boots are so heavy. Malayo pa ba? This building is so creepy. Is anybody home..”

Inay’s Mango Tree

 My grandmother buried a seed into the ground about fifteen years ago. She told me to watch the Indian mango tree grow. She said it would grow like the Gumamela on the side of the road. But it took long. So long that Inay never got to see the mango tree grow at all.

Winter

We arrived in Budapest in one of the very few days that there was snow. In the last years, snow became a less frequent visitor during winter. Within two weeks, we already had to begin making our first films in Budapest and I worked with Ida.

Budapest is Waiting

In January we moved to Budapest. It was winter and the first morning we spent in the city was one of the few days of snow. Winter was an exciting concept because I’ve never really experienced it but it was also very alien. It felt like the city was alien to me or, that IContinue reading “Budapest is Waiting”

From Far Away

I was surprised at how many people were already there. The train leaves at 07:45H so I arrived at Keleti very early.

In a Few Months

“I used to get a lot of sunsets like this back home but this one is special. You see, I’ve never experienced winter in my life. We have a lot of rain and often floods that devastate many of our lives. But winter is another thing. I don’t think anyone is ever ready to faceContinue reading “In a Few Months”

Amigos

Ingrid is back in Lisbon. At this moment, they might be having coffee at a kiosk near Gianluca’s house. I’m not there now, of course, so I tried to look for photographs of us from when I was in Lisbon.

The Train to Szentendre

We moved to Hungary last month. We had to get used to the place so we decided to get out of Budapest for a day. 

Sincerely,

Something Ben, Anna, and I made last week.

5 Minutes

We were on our way home after a film when Pien said that the oldest Jazz place in Europe was in the area.

Chasing Vegetables in Makati: The Corner Tree Cafe

 After posting old photographs last night, I got to reconnect with one of my friends from Uni. We decided to have lunch at this vegetarian restaurant in Jupiter Street called “The Corner Tree Cafe”.

Sam and Film

 Met up with Bea, Tita and Sam last week. She’s growing up so fast.

Davao and Making Friends in 2009

I’m on a roll here! I sent rolls to be developed last week thinking that I’d have my photographs from HK by this week. I end up mixing them all up and now I have photographs that I’ve completely forgotten about in my hands!

Lost in Walks

A couple of months back, we went to Japan. We missed our bus and entered someone’s backyard and found ourselves in a forest. Sometimes, it’s good to get lost.

Morning Sun

I woke up early yesterday to begin something I’ve always wanted to do. Photographs wait a little longer before they are revealed. We just have to be patient.

Goodnight Scooby

I bought 2 yards of orange fabric the day before yesterday.