Olli Thomson

Bonifacio Global City

Ii’s been a while since I went out with my camera. For whatever reason I’ve been having a hard time motivating myself to take pictures. For a time I thought of going somewhere new in the Metro area, somewhere I haven’t been before that might inspire me, but I’ve never quite made it. The thought of the traffic and the heat has put me off.

So recently I tried a different tack. Instead of trying to get to somewhere unfamiliar I decided to step outside into my own neighbourhood and take a walk around to do some shooting. Now my neighbourhood these days happens to be Bonifacio Global City (aka BGC or The Fort) and BGC is as unlike most of Manila as it’s possible to be. It’s a newly developed area built in a style that I call ‘generic urban international’ and, as a consequence, it does have a somewhat bland, even sterile, feel to it. So, it presented something of a challenge.

I also decided to set aside my normal shooting style and subject matter and concentrate instead mostly on details — line, structure, pattern, colour. Then I decided to set aside my normal camera as well. I usually shoot with a Fuji X-E2 with either a 23mm or a 35mm. Yesterday I left it in the drawer and instead pulled out my compact Sony RX100 with its zoom lens. Here are some of my shots from the walk.

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