I am a storyteller who happens to have a camera.

What’s the Catch?

Laguna Lake is the Philippines’ largest lake, which is the main source of livelihood of the towns and villages surrounding it. The rapid growth of human activities around the lake, however, is putting it in danger, with 70% of the lake’s pollutants coming from domestic waste. With reclamation projects further threatening the lake, individual fishermen and large fish pen owners struggle to survive.

These images are part of a long-term project to document the different human activities in and around Laguna Lake.

Binangonan, Rizal 2014

How was one to place a dividing line between an imperative personal action and an abstract belief?

— Edilberto K. Tiempo, To Be Free

After Dark

The carnival was dark and quiet. The fiesta was over, but Daniel’s job was just about to begin. He paints and repaints the decorations in a carnival for a living. He has been working there since 1975, but has moved from place to place as part of his job.

A day after these photos were taken, the carnival moved to Bulacan, a province about 40 kilometers from Taytay, Rizal. Daniel has always lived away from his family.

Taytay, Rizal, 2014