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MangoRED 2009 » 2008 » July

Art & Mariben {Day After}

SHOT ON LOCATION //
BETHEL BEACH,
ZAMBOANGA CITY PHILIPPINES

The pictures are devoid of blunt romanticism. Instead there is a touch of somberness, but for all the gloominess, moments of romantic hope darts across the series of photos. The impression it leaves goes much deeper.

With every project, comes a new course. We took the step away from the meticulously planned photo shoot to the calculated snapshot. We must have wanted to rebel against the quick-flash shutterbug alacrity of the glossy portrait world, as all of these images show a slow, steady, calm of imperfection. The couple is captured during moments of exhalation, relaxation, set against Zamboanga’s brooding backgrounds with soft, matte lighting that brings to mind the luminescent brush of the Dutch painters.

The location is a stone’s throw away from the groom’s place. This is where he’d spend his lull afternoons way back then. A receptive setting displaying a place of exclusion. One grazing look at the place seemed to relax us, or any viewer for that matter - helping us to recover from the damages of the day. You see one of those significant/insignificant moments resurface from deep within your memories (right Art?). :)
But look for no narrative - we gather an impression solely from what we see. The images are in the tradition of allegory.

Thank you Art and Mariben, a second look at you teaches us more.


















 

Art & Mariben

ART EUSTAQUIO + MARIBEN TAN
Ceremony + Reception // Regency Astoria, Zamboanga City Philippines
Photos //  Prenup
> Lito Sy  Wedding > mangoRED, Pat Dy  PostNup > mangoRED
Video // Jason Magbanua

Gown // Frederick Peralta
Coordination // JP Montilla
Hair & MakeUp // Angie Cruz + Ogie Rayel



























 

Kevin & Melanie {Day After}

SHOT ON LOCATION //
RITZ CARLTON HOTEL,
FOUR SEASONS RESORT
JIMBARAN BEACH,
BALI INDONESIA

We shot this set the morning after the wedding…call it PostNup, Trash the Dress, Day After..it’s all good. :)
While on our way to Ritz Carlon, we caught a glimpse of this limestone quarrying site just across Four Seasons- boy! this was seemingly handed to us on a silver platter! :) The place is EPIC! and I think is capable of making 10 photographers easily cry (in sheer joy) like a river. :)
Melanie’s such a natural…and Kevin too! …and there’s this beautiful wrap of light that comes right before the sun dips down below the horizon, smoothly gradated from hot white - turquoise - to a rosy mauve. I was shaking my head in disbelief the whole time. So friggin’ awesome!

We couldn’t ask for a more sparkling setting. Everything just came perfectly into place. Again, Kev and Melanie, thank you soooo much. We had a whale of a time! See you in New York! ;)






















BALI *sigh*–we will be back — Definitely!