I took these shots for my J123 Photojournalism Class on a very hot Tuesday afternoon. It was a very bad day for me because (1) classes just resumed and (2) I was nursing a very stubborn cold, which made me drowsy all day. Bathing in the scorching 1pm sun wasn’t a good idea at all, but I needed the sunlight for better exposures.
So I started clicking within the Oblation Statue grounds, lugging a huge tripod with me for more stability. Seconds later, a guard approaches me.
Guard: Sir, bawal po kunan ang Oblation.
Me: Ha? Kelan pa ho naging bawal? Nung isang araw lang kumukuha ako dito ah?
Guard: Bawal ho kasi video-han yan. Baka ho kasi makasama sa imahe ng UP ‘pag ginamit sa kung saan.
Me: Aah hindi naman ho ako nagvivideo. Para sa photography class ko ho ito, eto po o *shows him my digicam* digicam lang ho yan.
Guard: Ah oh sige ho. Huwag na lang ho kayo magvideo.
Me: Eh hindi nga ho ako nagvivideo manong.
Guard: Eh wag nyo na lang ho gamitin yan (points to the tripod), mukha ho kasi kayong nagvivideo eh.
So lemme ask, what’ll mire the image of UP more? Me taking a video or me seeming to take a video of the Oblation? C’mon Kuya Guard!
Anyway, off with the pictures. Please don’t kill me if ever I took a bad shot. Amateur here.
So yeah, you’ve probably seen most of the shots already, but some are fresher ways to look at the infamous UP symbol. It’s hard to take photos of the Oblation because it rests right in front of the admin building, which creates a real problem when juggling between angle and symmetry. Which ones should you consider? In this collection, angles won over the symmetry.