Moments Pause

Born in Manila, but living in TX

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I am a digital and film photographer that currently lives and works in El Paso. I was born in Manila, Philippines, and was exposed to a combination of the vibrant and conflicting nature of a metropolis and the lush beauty of the tropics. I’ve learned my photographic and darkroom skills through a combination of hands-on experience and formal classes while living and traveling in the West and the Midwest. While I had an interest in photography and making photographs since I was young, beginning with flipping through the photography books in the family library, I started challenging myself to understand and learn the craft of photography in the last eight years. During that time I have had two shows and my photographs were selected to embellish the reception area of a law firm in Denver.

Artist’s Statement:

Looking back through the memories of my experiences, the most important ones have been visual. I discovered a truth regarding this early on in life when I discovered that a “moment,” regardless of length or intensity, is a true record of what constitutes existence. Adopting photography as my medium has been the most natural way for me to express my vision.

I strive for moments that stem from the forgotten places, things cast aside, the items people overlook in their passage, the detritus left behind, what people might see and then ignore. I have learned through repeated experience of having a camera, whatever kind at hand and accessible, is the most valuable item I can have once a moment appears. I find myself influenced by the works of Brassai, Weegee, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein and Jack Delano.

I often photograph at night, primarily using what light there is available, to record moments that are not always noticed or seen without the benefit of long exposures. I walk the same paths and challenge myself to see what I missed on them the last time or what is different or out of place. I never stop looking at the world around me in the hopes that I can catch that fleeing moment, whether in stoic solitude, serene flora, quiet and unknown night, or in the valiant light.

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  • Flickr - My Flickr page - where the vast majority of my work is found
  • Tumblr - my Tumblr, for photos and occasional ramblings


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  1. Jokes aside - wonderful set up and I love the range of emotions she shows and utilizes, and therefore props go to you and her. Great music choice emphasizes the playfulness of her "response" to being stood up.
  2. Boo standing up beautiful women like that. Boo, I say. Boooooo Wendy Testaburger. Boo.
  3. #readingissexy INDEED. I love the shower shot and her look when just after she finishes it and then.....heeheehee. Merry Christmas, you kids.
  4. Moments Pause commented on 9 METER
    Beautifully shot story - the honors are well-deserved.