Thursday, February 01, 2007

Photographs From My Friends - Alfredo Roces

"Alfredo Roces Photographs"
January 30, 2007
The Oarhouse

© Alfredo Roces

Ding Roces, Frankie and Tessie Jose, and Irene Roces at the exhibit opening of 'Alfredo Roces Photographs', the Oarhouse, January 30, 2007.

The way I came to know the artist-writer Alfredo Roces was through my photographic mentor, Dick Baldovino. It has been more than a decade that I have shared thoughts, words, and images with this great man of Philippine letters and the arts which can only be appropriately described by many of his peers as enlightening and without equal. Having based himself along with his wife Irene in Sydney, Australia for nearly thirty years now, it was a delight to have begun corresponding with the man at the onset of the internet age through the magic of near-daily email exchanges for the past eight years. From there, he rediscovered his photography where he likened the act of photographing with a digital camera everyday in the same manner as doing his usual visual exercises on a sketchpad.

I asked him last December 2006 if he would be so obliged as to share some of these personal photographic notes in a place of conversation and meeting such as the Oarhouse. And he gladly agreed to exhibit the recent imagery of his 'world' for the many who have yet to enter it.

Maraming Salamat, Tata Ding.

-- Ben Razon

January 30, 2007

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