The boys of metro Manila rise above the fog that still coats photographer Regine David's home country. At the time of the photoshoot, the Philippines is still under lockdown. Yet for our BBG x MPB competition winner, the story that must be told now is the tiny bubbles of safety that exist in the spaces between the bleakness. These are spaces that the average eye may glance over if they look too quickly. Yet those in search of magic will scour such spaces like a fine-toothed comb, pockets of gold discovered in a moment otherwise shrouded by grey matter.
For Regine, the search for these moments is second nature. She is an artist on the everlasting hunt for beauty. In the company of BJ Pascual, Lance, and Bruce – a photographer, a model and an artist – we are taken to the pockets of freedom that the powers that be have tried to suppress. Regine believes “there is enough documentation of the bleakness we are experiencing.” So, she turns her creative energy to this intimate hybrid fashion documentary.
Where restriction of movement, inaccessible healthcare and political misinformation attempt to dominate the narrative of Filipino routine, behind closed doors life quietly goes on. Humans make discoveries, and find new magic safely, under the soft light of privacy. Freedom exists even when the world around you isn’t so free. They say home is where the heart is; and it’s here that safety can be found, too.
Regine used the Ricoh GR III Camera from MPB in this series.