It is said that it only takes an eye to capture taste. In the world of fashion and photography, one has to stand out somehow.
This has been the guiding principle in the life of 39-year-old Eros Goze, a fulfilled Filipino artist who has chosen Dubai as his second permanent home. It was not surprising after all when he was chosen by PAMAS as Photographer of the Year in 2013.
An artist back home
Eros was born in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. He said he comes from “a God-fearing, very supportive family.” His parents are Rosalio Belaras Goze, a forester and Ella Lumberia Goze, a nurse who are now both enjoying their retirement years. The youngest among three siblings, he has one sister and one brother – Agnes and Roel, who is married to Precy Torribio.
Eros is truly grateful. “My family influenced me. They are very supportive in anything I do and what I like.”
As an artist, he was affiliated with the Baguio Arts Guild in 1990. He recalled that it was in his younger years that he was able to immerse himself into the world of photography. “I started form highschool where uso pa yung old school type of developing and printing images in the darkroom and uso pa ang 110 na camera which is mas magastos noon kesa ngayon.”
After earning his degree in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication in 1994 at the Saint Louis University, he took active role as member of BCBC from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, he was named President of Fashion Designers of the Philippines – Northern Luzon Chapter.
Journey to Dubai
Relocating to a Middle East country is so far one of the best decisions he has made for his career. He has been here for 10 years now. Dubai, for him, is a place where he used to think he “could start and make a mark and be recognized not just locally but internationally.” This was an impression that made great impact to his successful career.
He had worked in three respectable fashion houses and ventured into photography after he finished his contract. From 2007 to 2012, he worked as a Fashion Designer with the Farfalla Haute Couture.
Not everything, though, is perfect and sweet. While overseas, he has one great frustration – that he’s here in Dubai while his family is way back in the Philippines. “Being alone here is such a challenge because you could not just depend on anyone but yourself, family and friends are just there to support you.”
On his own
In 2012, he partnered with professional friends to establish the Playground FZ LLC, a company which deals more on the arts. These fields are advertising, fashion and photography, make-up and realty. “We are all artists and all of us work individually.”
He takes care of the fashion and photography aspect. While he has proven that any Filipino can establish their own business in Dubai, Eros continues to share “my talent in the field of designing and to the other is to show other people what my vision as a photographer and as an artist.”
He has done freelance photography for various magazines He was a photo contributor for Vogue Italia on- line magazine and photo supplier for Leo Burnett Advertising agency. He has done various shoots for Splash and Iconic clothing brands. He was also a fashion photographer of Twooneseven Studio.
Faith in God
He has joined various charitable projects. “We have the shoot for a cause where in you have to join a group where in they will have to make a fun pictorial shoot with models and designers for a fee, and the proceeds will go to a benefactor who needs financial assistance.”
The most valuable lesson he has learned throughout his journey is that you must remain humble, share the blessings and put to good use the talent you have. “Be self reliant because living here on your own makes you stand for yourself. Be healthy. Be thankful for every blessing you get. Remember, nothing is permanent especially you are not in your own country. Respect others. Embrace these traits – dedication to your work, love for family. And lastly, have strong faith and have a very good relationship with God.”
For Eros, complements inspire him but never allows himself to be grounded. He remains down to earth. “In my journey, there is more lessons to learn and experiences to encounter. I am happy and thankful that I am here and enjoying every minute of it. Life is too short so let’s make it worthwhile.”
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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.