These are headless and sometimes bodiless shots that you will not find in any well-meaning photojournalism or travel publication. It will not pass the scrutiny of photo editors. And as a photographer you know it’s a no-no to chop off the head. Even casual snapshooters know that. Of the many Philippine festivals I’ve covered, I take in the big picture most of the time, that’s how you photograph precision, choreography and action of performers and participants. But I also have this tendency to zoom in on body parts and details particularly lower extremities, capturing the dynamics of the human form during still moments or split-second movement. These images from the Dinagyang Festival may not find its way into magazines but heck, they sure found their way into my photographic mind and heart. The non-traditional can also be fascinating.





To be fair, some of my “traditional” shots of festivals have been used in in-flight magazines and travel websites.


2 responses

  1. Due to a rather strange law in Texas, headless shots of teens captured in public places can get one sent to prison if the circumstances indicate the situation was “creepy”.

    June 27, 2013 at 1:47 am

    • Junsjazz

      Oh, that sure is a strange law since pictures of people without heads render them rather unidentifiable. 🙂 Thanks Ron!

      June 27, 2013 at 2:06 am

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