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Pistahan

The sharing of culture and cuisine -as in the meaning of the word ‘Pistahan.’ 

The Pistahan festival is a festival held in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens that brings showcases both culture and cuisine from the Philippines. This festival was created in order to bring Filipino youth closer to their roots. Not too many Filipino youth are familiar with the stories of the displacement of manongs and manangs who were in their 60s and 70s and occupied the International Hotel near Kearney street. It makes sense to have the festival held in San Francisco as it is where Filipinos seem to land no matter where they come from. This picture is of the loops the strings create coming from the little wooden necklaces. The focus on the loops represents how no matter what, Filipino culture is rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area and will always have a presence no matter how much people decide to not pay attention to its people.

 

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Beauty – With a Price

I love this shot. San Francisco is SO beautiful. All the lines, all the curves…but the traffic? Oh hell nawh. I think this picture captures San Francisco in a nutshell. It is beautiful, but the traffic sucks booty. The skyline above the bridge looks beautiful but then the real horrors are down beneath the bridge. The city is enveloped in a soft and bright setting while the traffic down below is dark and gloomy. This is kind of like heaven and hell. Who would want to be trapped down there?

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Little ____, Big City

This picture reminds me of those movies I watched alongside my younger sisters where the small-town boy or girl move into the huge city and are bursting with feelings of wanting to become a name that’s as big as the city. I feel I captured that perfectly in this photo. The big buildings, all the power lines and fancy cars, and the little people who get to just walk along the crosswalks and sidewalks wondering if they’ll ever make it to the top floor leveled apartments. San Francisco provides so many lines it’s almost impossible to not be lead to a different subject in the photo.

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Always

10/10 I would take pictures in SF all the time if I could. It would definitely help if I lived there. There is a certain magic that lurks in The City air but is in no way used to keep people out. The magic that is emitted by The City is like that of Disneyland but maybe like one category down. What I love about taking pictures in SF is that I can take out the true whites and true blacks and not be mad about any type of non clarity. When thinking of magic, I think of a soft and bright type of setting which is what I went with in this picture. The subject provides the perfect contrast to the bright buildings as it ventures into the magical city.

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Cup of Sunshine

This was a picture I worked on for quite a bit of time. More time than usual to be more precise. The cups at Philz were different for a limited time and it seems like the world was going bonkers over these new cups. I decided to put them against a lighter background to bring out the colors some more. Again I used more rule of thirds by lining up the board and the cup along the first vertical line. Also the cup is framed by the bars or rails or whatever they’re called. I used a brush to brighten up only the board and the cup as to make it seem like they glow a special kind of way because Philz is a special kind of brew.

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Loyalty

This is my fraternity brother Josh and his Gen 9 Honda Civic. The Gen 9’s have a nice sleek shape and look good especially as an SI version. My brother Josh belongs to the Loyalty fam and like one of the ideas of the fam, we worked on the car together. Well at least for one day to install new coils. Now the car sits pretty and low with barely any wall space for the tire so it rubs a lot.

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This brotherhood has given me so much ever since I decided to join. Strength, Loyalty, Pride, Wisdom, and Courage all wrapped up into one family. This picture was taken at our annual Brosgiving at Harrys Hofbrau. Nothing better than a bunch of brothers bonding over attractive manly food. My use of the rule of thirds is evident. I also added a bit of grain to the picture to give it a sort of old school feel. When it comes to pictures of text, people are drawn to it no matter what because it is something to read.

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Wear and Tear in Nike Air

There is no denying that Nike has become one of the biggest names in the world. With some of the world’s most known athletes under contract – LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Michael Jordan – there is no doubt this name is already down in the history books. This picture really focuses in on the Nike Air logo. The Air technology is on the side of shoe under the heel. Almost everyone knows this however just from reading the brand name on the back of a shoe. The dirt gives the logo on the shoe some character. Yes. This shoe was definitely worn. Why? I mean who doesn’t want to wear their pair of Nikes on everyday?

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Yellow Bull

I had not had a single drop of energy drink exiting high school. I believed that drinking energy drinks was bad for my liver and my entire wellbeing. During my very first round of finals, I found myself lacking energy and wanted something to turn it up a notch. At the time, the Warriors came off their best run in the playoffs since 2007 after upsetting the 3rd ranked Denver Nuggets as the number 6 seed and then losing to San Antonio in the next round. I saw a Harrison Barnes commercial and he was sponsoring Red Bulls and thought to myself, “If Harrison Barnes can endorse Red Bull, I can drink Red Bull.” And the beginning of Red Bulls was born in my life. This picture tried to capture the beauty of the first kind of Red Bull I had ever had in my life. I like the contrasting dividing line across the picture diagonally. The light reflecting off the top of the can is perfect. Making Red Bull perfect. Perfect.

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Lit

7-11 is one of the most lit places and always has been ever since my first year of college. They have provided the best taquitos, my Hawaiian chips, my Red Bull, and basically everything I’ve ever needed to live off of during the hours of 10pm and 2am. This picture captures the late night beauty of 7-11. Only people who turn this place into their place of “last minute overpriced snacks but I really need them” would understand. I love the lines and the clarity of the store. It reminds me of those college movies where the minors are about to try and purchase alcohol with a fake ID for the first time.

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Everyone is a spaRTan

Retweet. Retweet. Retweet. Social media has infected everyone’s lives one way or another. There is no way of escaping it. SJSU has a huge number of Twitter users enrolled academically but what makes it such a huge deal? Access to pointless rants? Cute puppy videos? Pictures of Kermit the Frog that always repave the internet? This picture captures the famous letter RT which in Twitter terms is “retweet” meaning repost. As a spartan, I am guilty of social media overuse and am trying to discipline myself from using it in preparation for finals. I need to be more of a Spartan rather than a spaRTan so I can Spartan on to success. #cheesy #rt

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White RS-7

I have had the privilege of growing up around cars and the process of customization. From a 240sx to a Nissan GTR R35, I have been blessed to see the transformation of rust bucket to chick magnet. For this book I chose to photograph my pledge brother’s 2012 TRD edition Scion TC RS-7. Now rocking twin exhaust pipes and brand new headlights with the wheels sitting nicely – the car is looking meaner than ever. The close-ups really bring out the details of the car that people will gloss over but are important to the car’s aesthetics. From the tires’ walls to the custom diffuser, they all play a piece in the car’s looks as well as functionality.

My pledge brother has been working on this car ever since my first year of college and to see where it’s at now is gratifying. I wanted to capture how fierce and elegant the car looks with a little Bay Area flavour but also this car is a symbol of pride for my pledge brother which is also something I wanted to capture in my pictures.

“Pride to me means doing something the best you can do that you can show it off and want people to know it’s your work or that you did it. When it comes to my car, no money and no labor was spared. It’s like a painter and his paintings, every painter wants their work to hang in museums and they want to be proud and show it off, I just want to show off my car when I drive around or it’s parked. Not because it impresses other people but because it impresses me because it reminds me that I can do incredible things and I have a talent to be proud of.” – #136