If a picture paints a thousand words, a camera is a great tool to capture any given moment for posterity at a click of a shutter. This is the lure for most hobbyists: a photograph is a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone, a means of capturing life and holding it still. We sat down with Liza Soberano during her photoshoot as the latest ambassador of Fujifilm, where she explains why photography captured her attention. (Click on the gallery to see snaps of the photo shoot!)
"I've always enjoyed looking at photographs since I was young. I started it as a hobby when I was travelling to different countries for work. I bought a Fujifilm XA-2 and brought it with me to all the places that I visit.
I'm not a professional photographer and I don't have the best feed in the world. But, I've learned that in taking your own photographs and curating your own feed, you just have to be yourself. Don't pretend to be someone you're not. By nature, I'm a private individual. I'm very careful about what I share. I don't post a lot of personal things; I like to keep those to myself. I enjoy photography because it's so low-key and that's what makes it so special."
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"I take pictures of things and people that I find beautiful, or moments that I want to remember. It's hard to explain, but there are particular subjects that stand out the most for me. There's this feeling that you get and suddenly you want to capture the moment so you can remember it. One of my favorite pictures was during during our shoot for Just The Way You Are. We were in the garden and Enrique got this caterpillar on his finger and he lifted it up. It was sunset and there was a beam of light just hit it so perfectly."
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"My photography style is very simple. I think I'm kind of baduy, in a way. I do very minimal editing for the photos that I take. But, if ever I do, it's just to adjust the quality a tiny bit. I like using VSCO for that, particularly the A6 and A2 filters. I have a lot of photos in VSCO that I haven't explored yet, actually. Maybe when I have time, I'll go through them."
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Photographs by the author and Gella Villafuerte