Throwback – Elementary and High School

Here are two valuable pictures from my childhood that I posted in The Mirror Project back in 2002-2003.

The caption for this one: My Tatay (father) just arrived from from a study tour in the United States. He brought home my first camera. It was an Agfa Box camera. This was back in 1967.

I probably was in Grade III then. Taken in the upstairs dresser mirror of our house in Malinao, Aklan. That dresser used to be downstairs in my mother’s room, but then, for whatever reason, she moved it to the second floor.


I distinctly remember this photo, when it was taken (first year high school), where it was taken (Project 6, on the hubcap of our cousin, N. Fely Salvacion’s car) and who took it (my brother, Dennis, holding the camera). We were visiting the Salvacions in their house in Project 6 and when we saw our distorted images on the hubcap of their car parked in the garage, we decided to take pictures of our distorted selves. When I was participating in the Mirror Project and wanted to send a really cool picture, I remembered this. So, I e-mailed my brother if he had a copy of this picture. And this is what he e-mailed back (which is the caption on Mirror Project):

“Would you believe I found the pic you asked for? I think this was from 1968-69, when you were high school freshman.I was third year in high school and I had a new Kodak Instamatic camera. Psychedelic art was very big then.”

Throwback – No Tripod in Key West, Florida


Steadying himself with whatever is available. Which I do all the time. Sometimes, I just hold the camera close to my body, tightly, then I stop breathing for a few moments, while pressing the shutter.

But this is so much better, propping your camera on a steady surface.

Taken sometime in the late 1990’s, early 2000. I think I was using a FujiFilm point and shoot early digital then.