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Author: Joy Celine Asto

Featured Project: Phobetor – Of myths and nightmares – by Joy Celine Asto

Being a writer first and a film photographer second, I’m drawn to images and visual art that have stories to tell. For years, I’ve struggled to come up with projects that bear the qualities I’ve always found fascinating when it comes to photography. I wanted to make something that was visceral, emotional, and deeply personal. I think I’ve finally got one. Phobetor came to me as a passing thought after recalling an article I wrote about Arthur Tress. It made me think of my own dreams and nightmares, and how I could translate them into visual stories. The chance...

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My home: Manila, Philippines – Joy Celine Asto

One of Manila’s famous writers and stalwart sons* once said, “The Philippines spent 300 years trapped in a convent and 50 years in Hollywood.” This cheeky reference about the country’s history under Spanish and American rule has since then been a favorite of many tour guides and historians when introducing the Philippines. At the heart of it all, then and now, is the capital city of Manila, the dizzying urban jungle which I call home. For an outsider, perhaps Manila seems like a city of contradictions. For starters, it’s far from everyone’s idea of a glittering capital city, but...

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