Paul Resurreccion

2015 Photographer of the Year Awardee
International Photography Awards Philippines

Filipino fine art photographer Paul Resurreccion shares what he thinks on photography and how idea and meaning of a photograph are essential that distinguish a good photograph from not. A Hasselblad user, Paul Res divides his time between being a lawyer and a professional photographer and has been traveling around the world shooting and doing one-man shows in several galleries and Philippine embassies. 

How did you get into photography?

I found photography by accident when I was at a kiddie birthday party of the son of a friend of mine. My friend had a Nikon D300 on the table with a battery pack and the camera was set to continuous high mode. I picked up the camera to play with it and got hypnotized by the 8 frames per second burst rate and immediately I was hooked.

What made you join photo contests?

The talk given by IPA founder Hossein Farmani to my camera club was what inspired me to join the International Photography Awards. I realized after the talk that there was only one way to measure where my skill level was compared to other photographers from around the world.


Is this your first time to join IPA?

Aside from joining the monthly contests of my camera club, joining IPA was the first and only contest that I have joined so far.


What can you say about the entries on IPA Main and IPA Phil?

Comparing the photos entered in IPA Main and IPA Philippines you would notice a distinct Filipino flavor in composition and technique. Our brand of photography as Filipinos is more centered on celebrations and travel with some social commentary.


How do you define Philippine photography in terms of these entries coming from around the world?

I can say that Philippine photography, in general, focuses on beauty and aesthetics with a little bit of social commentary. The entries from the main category for “IPA photographer of the year” are heavy on social commentary from issues on the environment to the human condition, not just beauty.


Has IPA added some new things on your perceptions about photography?

IPA has taught me that as a photographer you need to immerse yourself in different visual cultures to evolve and improve the way you communicate through photographs.


What was your best experience in attending the IPA in New York?

Having the opportunity to casually exchange ideas with some of the best photographers in the world was the best part of attending the IPA awards.


What can you say about contemporary photography these days?

Up until the recent past, photography was not considered as art, but because of advances in camera technology photography today is more popular than ever and is the visual art of choice for the vast majority of people.  Be that as it may, you still have to distinguish good photographic art from the not so good. Good photographs are still the product of a thoughtful process, of proper composition and exposure and a well-communicated theme or subject.