I have been looking forward to Jan 9. It’s translocation of the Black Nazarene (Life size statue? of Jesus) from Point A (usually Quirino grandstand) to Point B (Quiapo Church). So what makes this special? Well it’s attended by millions of devotees. I planned to use my x100f (35mm) in contrast with the usually telephoto usage of the photographers during the event. Thinking a different perspective will give me a different result. Cock sure and confident I walked to the main bulk of the “parade?” I caught it near the Manila City Hall. More like it caught me. As I can’t move away and you just have to go with the tide of human.
The heat and the press is suffocating. Thankfully there’s a ever presence of community in the whole mass. Water is given when it’s needed magically. And rescue personel are always available.
I tried to get closer still. But i’m wary carrying my camera as once in a while people would splash there water all around to cool the heating people. So I threaded the edge between the watchers and the joiners (Once trying to reach the Nazarene or hold the rope).
My shirt is soaked with my sweat and other peoples sweat by this time. Then a wave of feverish emotion soaked the people. They started shouting “ariba! ariba!”
After that I stepped out for a while to breath. That’s when I realized I lost my phone. Most likely stolen from the press humans. This completely took me out of the shooting mode. Just 1 and a half hour. The whole thing usually starts at 5am and ends at midnight. What a waste of photographic opportunity.
Note for next year: Bring only Camera!
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