No I’m not the man I used to be latelySee you met me at an interesting time If my past is any sign of your future You should be warned before I let you inside Hold on to whatever you find baby Hold on to whatever will get you through Hold on to whatever you find baby I don’t trust myself with loving you I will beg my way into your garden I will break my way out when it rains Just to get back to the place where I started So I can want you back all over again Hold on to whatever you find baby Hold on to whatever will get you through Hold on to whatever you find baby I don’t trust myself with loving you Who do you love? Girl I see through, through your love Who do you love me or the thought of me? me or the thought of me? Hold on to whatever you find baby Hold on to whatever will get you through Hold on to whatever you find baby I don’t trust myself with loving you Hold on to whatever you find baby Hold on to whatever gets you through through Hold on to whatever you find baby I don’t trust myself with loving you I don’t trust myself with loving you I don’t trust myself with loving you I don’t trust myself with loving you
The weight of my words Are like feathers from a bird My mouth, it moves but you won’t hear a thing Cause I’ve dug myself deep I managed to fit both my hands and feet All my little white lies Smell like a big old bucket of bleach
In one ear And out your other So lock and key You won’t open up for me
So brick by brick I am breaking through these walls Oh between you and me I’m not giving up I’m not giving giving up
I guess And it feels like you’re in China And I am in Peru When ever I am sleeping next to you We can hear the crickets singing Oh all throughout the night OH boy can we just get used To something so right?
And sure I confess I’m a mess I’m a mess of mistakes But please count to ten Before you go and throw it all away
So brick by brick I am breaking through these walls Oh between you and me I’m not giving up I’m not giving giving up On on on us
Cause if you give up Then what am I supposed to do All these dreams Never will come true Without you
Brick by brick I am breaking through these walls Oh between you and me I’m not giving up I’m not giving giving up I’m not giving giving up
Oh baby don’t give up On this love Don’t give up On this love
We were tasked to write something about our favorite photographer. I chose Aaron Vicencio, a good friend of mine. Here’s to life’s surprises, papa A!
Fervor through the Lens
He liked how the sunlight hit and ran through his fingers.
This is definitely what his mother would say about the beginnings of Aaron Vicencio’s interest and passion for photography. It was as if his mom had given birth to him and a camera by his side. Since the tender age of 5, Aaron has always been interested in playing with light and taking photographs. He had a picture of himself with a Pentax Auto 110 Mini SLR slung around his neck as he was fiddling with the focus. “My parents told me I had photos looking up the sky with a squint”, says Aaron. When his mom bought a film SLR when he was a high school sophomore, he got it immediately, read the manual, and never gave it back. He got hooked and the rest is history.
Great artists start young, as they say. Back in college in the Ateneo, Aaron has joined organizations as an official photographer. He had worked for the Guidon and the Company of Ateneo Dancers. To tell it simply, this was how he became popular in school. A lot of budding photographers and even models looked up to this guy; they even teased him by calling him “sir” or “papa A” whenever he was around. It’s almost as if every aspiring photographer or model in the Ateneo knew who Aaron was or at least had heard of him. However, he became most known through his promising talent in sports photography. His skills even garnered him his own set in the Ateneo Fabilioh online gallery for UAAP games and even a leadership position as the head of Documentation and Publication committee in CADs.
As for his professional career, which started when he was still in the university, Aaron started shooting for the Guidon in 2001, as mentioned earlier. This was when he started covering the UAAP games. The following year, Ateneo won its first championship in 14 years and his photos got published in a book “Its Our Time” written by Ruey de Vera. In 2003, he got his first job shooting the UAAP for ABS-CBN. And by the time he was in 4th year he started shooting sports for Mabuhay Magazine and FHM Philippines. Before he graduated college in 2005, aside from being a contributor himself, he was assistant photo editor for Mabuhay Magazine. From then on, he has shot for various advertising agencies, sports brands such as Adidas and even for the Department of Tourism as well. On the side, he would make videos and casual shoots with his friends for fun, attend seminars for organizations, and even conduct some. Given the various accomplishments he has had, I can say that he keeps his feet flat on the ground. Aaron definitely is one of the most talented and yet humble photographers I have ever met; and he surely has a bright future ahead of him.
There are several things I like about Aaron’s photography. The first thing is how his photographs seem to be eccentric and yet well-composed; unique and yet so close to what’s real. His pictures are very natural, which he himself likes. He struggles with scripted and directional shoots because he likes the flow of things- and I believe that one way of really bringing out the essence of something is by keeping it real. What it is on a photo is what there really is. Aaron’s photographs are not only so in touch with what is there; but they seem to capture what seems not there at all- or perhaps, what more there actually is. Aaron, for me, seems to take a hold of these things. Another thing I like about his photography is how he manages to bring out the beauty in his subjects by composing it in unique ways. Whether he shoots for portraits, sports, or landscapes, he can definitely capture the essence and beauty of his subjects. Talent aside, his versatility also factors in. He can definitely capture beautiful photos for a spectrum of purposes.
Above these things I like about Aaron’s photography, is his fervor. What I truly admire about him is that he is passionate for what he does. While I was talking with him, he was remembering how as a young, eager boy, he would frequent his aunt’s house just to look at landscape photos of beautiful places and tourist spots in Mabuhay Magazine and National Geographic. And to my surprise, he added how it still never ceases to amaze him how he has become one of the contributors for it. He has always been enthusiastic about photography and has absolutely fallen in love with it.
This is how people like Aaron are. They reveal a bit of themselves, yet capture the whole of us. Driven by his passion, Aaron’s photographs have stories to tell and he liked them that way. Truth be told, I used to believe that photography is about aesthetics alone- the right colors, the right light, the right sharpness and not even a minute blur. But I realized while looking through his photographs that these things don’t really matter. Aaron has been telling me to take pictures with interesting subjects. But thinking about it, he meant interesting in a whole different way. He was telling me to tell stories; to communicate with the viewer; to relate with realities. And it makes perfect sense- photographs should not merely convey beauty- it should convey meaning. And the only way for you to find meaning is to let your heart feel. In Aaron’s words, when we stop feeling we stop living. And I could not agree more. His art tells me to get and be in touch with how I feel. Whether I feel sad or happy, take every ounce of it and translate them into photographs and that way, we find meaning in things within and around us.
Indeed, behind the camera lenses are the eyes of a photographer who can truly see what life has to offer and how beautiful or horrible it is. Beyond his photographs is a person who simply wants people happy- to smile, and tingle, and giggle. Aaron is a real person with real feelings and a genuine heart that is burning with passion for photographs and ultimately for life. This is how people like him inspire me to not only make moments count by capturing them in photos but to appreciate life’s surprises- its beginnings and endings, and everything in between.
This is what Aaron has inspired me to do and I wish that through my photographs, I can truly say that I have lived it to the fullest.