Buddy Gadiano is one Filipino lensman we can always be proud of. From being a storekeeper and dispatch officer of a foodstuff manufacturing company, he was able to save money to buy his camera.
Since then, this native of Palawan was able to establish a name overseas as a multi-awarded photographer. This year 2014, he won 1st Place in the ART4SIGHT organized by Noor Dubai Foundation. He took the 3rd spot in the Khalifa Award – Date Palm through the eyes of the World Photography Competition in Abu Dhabi.
His shots can be likened to glittering gems that keep burning in the hearts of his subjects. A global achiever with inimitable thirst for artistic excellence, he sparkles like diamond in Dubai.
Used to borrow camera
His professional involvement with camera started in 2009 when he enrolled for a short term course on photography in Dubai.
“The biggest challenge for me then was, I went to my class without my own gear as the budget for the new stuff was really a bottom line. I used to borrow camera from fellow buddies every time there’s an outdoor activities and it was on the latter part of my class when I got my very own camera Canon 400D.”
“I later on upgraded to Canon 6D with a pair of L series Lenses, external flashes, filters, tripod and few accessories.”
It did not took him long to be recognized. Two years after, in 2011, he joined the Ramadan Photography Competition organized by H.H. Mansoor bin Mohammed Photography Award.
From storekeeper to photographer
In 2001, Buddy worked as Storekeeper and Dispatch Officer for Al Ain National Juice & Refreshments Company, one of the largest foodstuff manufacturing and distribution firm in UAE. In 2005, he was named as Warehouse In-Charge and Supervisor of Technical Supplies & Services Co. in Sharjah.
He plans to do an exhibition to showcase all his collection. “Right now, I’m enhancing my craft on doing a wedding coverage.”
“I want to be a versatile photographer someday. I can say that at this point in my life, I still consider myself as a photography enthusiast but, on the other side I was very thankful because I have all these things in my life – my family, my friends, my craft. I continue honing my skills. Learning never stops. I continue pursuing my dreams for me and my family.”
Travelling in different parts of the world is one of his future plans. “I want to capture and discover the beauty of places. Knowing the people and their culture is one of the best subjects that I want to encounter. It helps me improve my craft and it motivates as a photographer.”
Buddy is restless at 39. And he keeps on shooting for he’s amazed of the flashes in the sky.
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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.