I was on board a train when I decided to capture the scenic landscape the train was passing by in a way that would satisfy my vision using the horizontal or sideways movement. I wanted to create a unique image using the motion of forces around me that would show a painterly effect through the smoothing and blurring of the sharpness of the image. I then slowed down my phone’s shutter speed, held and stuck it against the train’s window and waited for the creative abstraction to unfold as the ambient light struck my phone’s camera lens. I waited for different sceneries that carried catchy colors in them before I restarted the process again. As a photographer, I always put a strong emphasis on creating a distinctive image that would not be readily duplicated by others, because it is through this approach that we can call our artistry truly our own.
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