In 1989, Edwin C. Mendoza was named as the Most Outstanding Junior Police in the Municipality of Marikina. But since moving to the desert, he has taken various roles in life. He has been a procurement officer, an expeditor and a community leader. But above the many laurels he proudly wears, this proud son of Marikina is known in the artists circle in Dubai as an outstanding lensman.
His interest for street photography and photo journalism has brought his feet to Bangkok, Indonesia and Malaysia. This year, he’s set to travel to Nepal and Cambodia to get more subject and ideas on taking pictures.
“I capture the beauty of nature and people from different walks of life. I am interested as well with fashion. I am fascinated by the beauty of life that I am able to share to everyone. It interests me to find an angle or subject that gives me a different definition.”
He started photography in 2009 as a hobby only with his first point and shoot camera. He attended formal schooling to enhance and further his knowledge. He is also active in attending the seminars and lectures.
He treats photography as an art and love of his life. He has Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 50 D and Fujifilm XE -2 camera. “One has to have an eye or the subject that he has to shoot, not only taking picture but an in depth understanding on what he sees around him.”
From 1992 to 1994, he was Team leader and Crew Trainer of Isla Food Corporation in Sta. Lucia Mall, Cainta, Rizal. From 1996 to 2000, he was Team Leader at the Document Department of DHL Aviation (Phils.) Inc. in NAIA Complex in Pasay City.
The last job he held in the Philippines before working overseas was as Sales Officer at the Retail network Center Sales Office of DHL Philippines Corporation.
Edwin has two children- Kennyllyn Edllyn, 26 and Kevin, 24. He was born in 1971 in Marikina City. He has one sister, Racquel C. Mendoza-Alapad.
Life as OFW
He moved to Dubai in March, 2002 and worked as Warehouse-in-charge/ Logistic Coordinator for Nils & Abbas Trading Company, dealer of industrial compressor, oils and gas spare parts. He stayed with this firm until June 2008.
From July 2008 to April 2013, he was Procurement Officer and Expeditor at Emirates CMS Power Corporation, a 710 megawatt power plant in Taweelah A, Abu Dhabi. He’s presently an Expeditor at Dresser Rand in Jebel Ali Free Zone.
He always reminds his fellow expats to “be humble” and “be a better person” but never forget to “extend your hand to help the needy ones as Filipinos should support each other in all fields.”
As a way of giving back, Edwin joined various community-based projects in the UAE. For one, he took active role in the implementation of “Kita Ko ang Tsinelas Mo” shoot for a cause that aims to address the problems faced by underprivileged children in the province of Bulacan. This was supported by Storbist UAE.
People say that there is no formula to success. “As long as you enjoy and passionate in what you are doing, there is no way but to succeed. The talent that you have married with your enthusiasm will pay off at the right time. If I am being honest, I don’t consider myself that successful yet because I am still learning.”
“There are thousands of things that I still need to explore in photography. I think what sets me apart from most of the photographers is that I do it as a hobby. I am not bounded by pressure. I have no high levels of commitment to get the right photo.”
To budding photographers, this is his piece of advice. “Photography is an on-going learning process one should not stop in studying and discovering new techniques. It is not about the buying a latest gear or gadget. This is all about practice and knowledge.
Edwin is a result-oriented person and his creations, in many ways, reflect the kind of person he has become. “I guess as a photographer it tickles you when people start appreciating your craft. It is inspiring to see how a person reacts on my works. I haven’t gone far. I still have a lot to learn. I need more practice but I can say I have improved over the years.”
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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.