Tourism through Photography

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Tourism through Photography


As the eye witnesses a destination's splendor, it has always been the personality of an individual that manages to give the location meaning and depth. As more and more exotic locations continue to mushroom in different areas of the country as Philippine tourism grows and expands, people tend to overlook the beauty of simplicity.

Pictures from renowned photojournalists Edwin Bacasmas and Revoli Cortez synergize their art and tourism by capturing the intricacies of life in the country as well as its natural beauty. (Photo by Edwin Bacasmas)It may be because Filipinos feel they are already familiar with the usual rural scenery that they tend to appreciate it less. But this scenery and the accompanying local tourist spots are the seed and foundation of Philippine tourism. The simplicity and effortless union of local life and nature has an uncanny charm that is irresistible to any artist.

It takes exceptional skill to bring out the uniqueness of what others may perceive as being mundane, and produce something that people can appreciate. Local scenery is a favorite backdrop for movies, and is the subject of paintings and of course, photography.

As photography became an easy hobby with the coming of the digital age, any enthusiast would agree that having a great photo is capturing the breathless quality of a specific moment, having the perfect backdrop, and clicking the shutter button at the right moment.

Northern exposure

As one of the most famous destinations in the north, Ilocos is home to famous tourism spots. …

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