“I am not a photographer by profession but just like everybody else, I want to share to the world how beautiful it is indeed as I see it through my camera. I hope my deep passion in both travelling and photography easily reflects on my works.”
Passion for photography
To his friends, he appears to be a professional photographer. “I am really not by profession. Perhaps, this is because of the passion that I put in the initial hobby of wanting to take nice pictures of my growing son. I think my works could also easily speak out of that passion.”
At 35, he is still fascinated by what people say about his achievement. He still finds it “surprising” that his creations have not gone noticed. Testament to this is the number of his growing followers.
He established an online group in Facebook which he named the Filipino Worldwide Landscape Photographers (FWLP) two years ago and now its membership reached 10, 000 Filipinos including the local great talents.
Freezing colorful memories
Photography for him is an art of freezing colorful memories and sceneries into meaningful frames that could even outlast time.
“We bought our first DSLR to document our son growing up. I guess if one really enjoys and loves doing something, a seemingly deep passion will easily radiate from it naturally.” He added that one cannot discount his love for traveling and pushing himself on what his underrated camera’s capacity can really do. I used to have a Nikon D90 only – a not so high end crop sensor camera.
Now, he uses D7100 with 10-24 mm. “I remember back in my engineering days in college when I used to borrow tech pens from my classmates whenever I was in my drawing classes. I was able to survive those days by having a T-square only.”
“I still do the same thing now. I have one lens but whenever I need a particular one, I have lots of photography buddies to borrow things from.”
He loves traveling even before falling into photography. He actually had this sort of sad feeling to have been gone to numerous places only on a readily automode point and shoot camera. He has a long list of places to go.
“I just love taking landscapes and cityscapes in panoramas. I also love taking unscripted picture of people as candid as I could get.”
But on top of these undertakings, he said he loves taking pictures of his family. A native of Camiling town in Tarlac, Randy earned his degree in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Saint Louis University in 2004 in Baguio City. He graduated Valedictorian (1992) in Sta. Maria Elementary School in Camiling and finished his high school in 1996 at Tarlac College of Agriculture.
In 2007, he married the former Julie Ignacio, also a Civil Engineer. They have two children – Ronaldinho Yousef, 4; and, Jamila Julia, 1.
Except those who have personally keep in touch with him, few knows that he had a sad, struggling past having lost his parents at a young age. “I had to work at fast foods in Baguio City to send myself, my younger sister and brother, to college.”
Hi sister Karen is now an accountant while his brother Ricky is an architect.
He considers His Holiness The Dalai Lama as a great man. If fate would have been on his side, perhaps, he’s now a Major in the Philippine Army – a dream and wish that he used think.
“I am successful in what I do because I am being driven by my passion to do it – to chase a nice frame at the right light and being satisfied seeing it on my wall because I love it myself and not because others may love it.”
“Composition is way much important than the technique itself.”
Completely in touch with realities of life, Randy continues to learn from his experiences. “May mga bagay na sadyang mahirap sa simula, at isa dyan ang pangibang bansa. Kalimitan, panahon lang makapagsabi kung hanggang kailan mo masilip ang tugatog ng tagumpay at kung saan hindi na sakto sakto.”
“Huwag kang mainis kung bakit ang bilis ng asenso para sa iba, at kung ramdam mo e napaka unfair ng buhay kasi sa tototo eh ganoon talaga. Pero kapag hirap na hirap ka na at punong puno na, kapagka ramdam mo e konting konti na lang at sasabog ka na, iyan na ang senyales, kumalma ka lang, malapit na iyan, Kabayan.”
Take these words from a man who had suffered much only to emerged victorious.
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.