Life in Black and White

PhotographerEdwin S. Loyola
Prize1st Place in People
Entry Description

LIFE IN BALCK AND WHITE How do you deal with children who stare death in the face instead of rays of hope and life? How do you look them in the eye and tell them everything will be alright? How do you rid yourself of the guilt that they will never live the life you have enjoyed? That it will never be the same for them? Loyola’s images hit you like a ton of bricks. His subjects, pleading? questioning? beseeching? for answers that will never come. Bereft of color, it seems these children have been condemned to a life in black and white as Loyola manipulates these two colors in a very emotional way. It is a treat for the layman with the message it sends and an indulgence to the photo enthusiast who can discern a beautifully crafted black and white image. Probably the most poignant image is of a child, with thinning hair and mask looking out a window. A million stories told by this image. Is the child thinking of her past; or future that will never be, or the present that is so fleeting. It forces one to be empathetic and sympathetic and realize life’s inequity. Edwin’s images tell stories that can only be conjured, but never realized. A deeper perspective? How do we gain this? When one’s life is threatened that we gain a deeper understanding of life? When faced with life’s uncertainty do we stop and think what this is all about? Indeed the magic of Loyola’s images is that they force us to think about our own humanity. But this is achieved only by his mastery in framing, composition, texture, and all the other visible elements in his images that gives us a deeper perspective to life’s invisible dogmas. Text by: Willy Marbella

About Photographer

Photography goes beyond passion. And no one has defined every fiber of these words more distinctly than Edwin S. Loyola, who has virtually changed the landscape of contemporary Philippine photography not only with his sublime artistry but with the gift of his heart, crossing the boundary between the state of genius and social responsibility. A highly celebrated photographer in the Philippines and abroad, Loyola's photography does not only speak of transmundane art but also of truth, hope, courage and charity - proving that his works go beyond passion and thus, are a celebration of life. His mastery of photography has stemmed not only from his astute understanding of the craft, but was born from a higher vision - the innate desire to popularize photography, to create appreciation of the art and beauty of life through ingenuity, and to give back to God and to the society through charity. Eminently regarded within the photography circle for his numerous awards under his name, this master photographer travels the world not for pleasure, but to share his knowledge, his friendship and his heart to people who want to discover the wonders and magic of photography as captured by his imagination through his lens. After more than 20 years of photography experience, he has gained a massive following from the four corners of the globe, supporting him in all of his endeavors primarily on his advocacy to educate new photographers through his successful series of Beyond Passion Photography Workshop and on his altruistic pursuit to save kids with cancer through his own charity group, Mission: Save Kids with Cancer. Edwin S. Loyola. Advocate. Visionary. Altruist. Going beyond passion. by Jaypee Belarmino