Angel: This is an image of Calle Crisologo in Vigan, a province on
the northern part of the Philippines and a popular spot for tourists.
It was taken in the early morning, around 6 am, just as people were
starting to wake up. Since it was taken at the beginning of the day
and with the presence of the horse carriage which we see from the
back angle, to me it means going away somewhere or traveling. The
linear perspective which directs our gaze to a vanishing point also
conveys a sense of adventure since the viewer doesn't know where
this road leads.
Willy: When I received the first image, I immediately thought of
travel, adventure and culture. I interpreted that Angel wants to travel
and explore destinations. The horse carriage creates a wonderful
entry into the photo, where the eye travels from the horse to the
street and seemingly going into the sky. I felt the sense of
anticipation and uncertainty of adventure in the photo as well as the
feeling of excitement in discovering what lies beyond the horizon.
Willy: The inert image conveys the anticipation of travel
and adventure. The backpack signifies preparation and
the ball signifies dynamism and movement – two things
that should happen during travel and adventure.
Angel: When I saw Willy’s photo of the backpack and
the soccer ball, I thought there was a sense of adventure
again, of traveling, and of playing. It’s amazing how
such a simple image as this conveyed feelings of
excitement in me as I imagined myself going on a
backpacking adventure or kicking the ball around in a
Angel: Since the previous image Willy sent is static, I choose an
image which has movement. Taking off from the soccer ball, I got
this photo of kids playing soccer. Looking at the mix of kids (boys
and girls, young and old) and judging from their expressions, I'd say
they are just having fun and not playing for the sake of competition.
The green colors of the field and the trees seem to indicate a calm,
relaxed setting, while the yellows and bright greens of the kids
jerseys signify their high energy in playing the game.
Willy: Outdoors and fun. The photo shows movement and speed,
but it also shows people. It connects with the first photo as they both
express movement from one point to the next. The first photo
indicated a rather peaceful, relaxing motion while the second evokes
strength and energy. One thing that sets the second photo apart is it
brought people clearly into the picture. Adventure is all about
having fun, being with people and discovering new things both
within one self and along with others.
Willy: Since Angel gave a message of people having fun
outdoors, I sent an image of people enjoying each other’s
company, with good food and good wine. Adventure is often
not about the places we visit and the activities we do. Most of
the time it relies on the company. The highlight of the photo is
the funny faces of the people in it, particularly the Japanese
waiter. Great people define great adventure.
Angel: When I saw Willy’s photo in the Japanese restaurant
with the man drinking wine and the somewhat comical
expression of the waiter, I thought it was like a celebration or
a happy event. The setting seems very relaxed, with guests just
out to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.
Angel: Since the previous photo reminded me of celebrations,
I chose this photo of the Chinese New Year celebrations in
Chinatown, San Francisco. I like that it was taken in the
United States since Chinese New Year is an event that is
celebrated around the world. The reds and yellows in this
image convey the festive, cheerful, exciting atmosphere.
Willy: Another aspect of travel and adventure is the sights.
Angel’s image combined great sights and a great event. The
bright red color captures the eye and the dragon dancing its
way through the street surrounded by buildings with the sky in
the background signifies power and might. I feel the photo
shows what happens when great places have great people and
have great activity. The image projects a very lively
atmosphere, full of energy that spreads to people who look.
Willy: A complete opposite of Angel’s image, I showed the other
side of adventure – peace and tranquility. The chair looks out into
the blue water, the trees and then the bigger water that lies beyond.
This image goes back to the first image in the dialogic where the
horse carriage moves down the street into the unknown. Life in
general can be best enjoyed moving through it, like the first set of
photos showed and by going by the roadside and marveling at it, like
the final batch of images.
Angel: I loved Willy’s photo of the pool by the beach. When he
mentioned this was taken in Siargao, I thought it was great that he
brought us back to the Philippines after travelling to other places like
Japan and the US. Given the chair’s back angle, I can easily imagine
myself sitting there gazing at the endless horizon. The cool blue
water and sky, as well as the greens of the trees and the grass give a
perfectly relaxing, calming feeling—something one should do after
several tiring days spent traveling!