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An Ocean Apart

The Philippines and Madagascar are about 5,500 miles (9,000 kilometers) apart, separated by the Indian Ocean, but that distance has been bridged culturally and linguistically through trade and migration. People from Borneo, the Philippines southern neighbor, were the first settlers in Madagascar, so we share similar physical characteristics and as well as Austronesian language roots.

When I travelled to Madagascar for the first time in 2012, I was struck by a sense of familiarity. I had returned to the Philippines in 2011 and the sights, sounds and smells of my homeland were still fresh in my memory when I landed in Madagascar a year later. Many Malagasy people reminded me of my cousins, not just in looks but in also mannerisms. A rice soup brought back memories of home. Local children teaching me to count in Malagasy made me realize some of the numbers in Tagalog were similar.

An Ocean Apart is my solo exhibition at Geraldine’s Counter in Columbia City (4872 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle 98118), through Nov. 10th.

Other Fall 2013 Exhibitions

My “Passport Series” is part of Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, through Nov. 17th.

Additional photographs from “An Ocean Apart” will be part of a group show presented by IDEA Odyssey Collective and juried by Juan Alonso at City Hall Galleries, through Jan. 3rd.

Rainier Beach Youth Lead the Way – Follow Along!

Transit Justice Youth Corps During the spring, I worked with amazing young people who are a part of the Transit Justice Youth Corps, a group supported by the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition and Puget Sound Sage. They wanted to highlight the beautiful diversity and successes of their neighborhood and also to address the safety and transit access that they and their neighbors are concerned about. These young leaders are awesome community organizers and social justice advocates who inspire me with their dedication and infectious enthusiasm.

Join me in celebrating their work and moving it forward! On Saturday, Sept. 12th at noon, we will officially unveil the bus mural we developed and created together at Renton Avenue South and South Henderson. Immediately afterwards, we’ll do a fun photo shoot at South Henderson and 50th Avenue South. Picture the Beatles’ Abbey Road, but RB-style.
CAdelRosario For those of you who live in South Seattle’s Rainier Beach and Rainier Valley, come represent! We are looking for  people of different ages, ethnicities, abilities and fashion sensibilities to walk across South Henderson at 50th Avenue South and be photographed for a future bus mural. We want people

  • wearing long dresses and pants that cover the leg; skirts, shorts; various foot wear, like sneakers, sandals, dress shoes, boots
  • using a wheelchair, walker, or cane
  • riding skateboards, bikes, or strollers.

Come out and strut your stuff! I will be aiming my camera low, focusing primarily on people’s arms and legs, so around 4’6″ and below. Young children and others who are under this height limit are still invited to participate, but please know that your face may end up showing in the photograph. You’re welcome to bring a fun mask if you’d like!

The Rainier Beach Art Walk will be happening at this time, so you’ll have plenty of other beautiful artwork, local businesses and talented entertainment to check out. Hope to see you there!

Giving Back


I’ve been lucky. Many individuals and organizations have allowed me to photograph them, to collaborate with them to tell stories, stories that I hope remind people of our shared humanity. Remember last week’s torrential rains? The kind folks at Nickelsville were flooded. Nickelsville is where everyone has a voice, everyone takes responsibility, and everyone looks out for each other. Please consider helping out by bringing down firewood, gasoline (for generators), blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, socks and water proof boots, flashlights and batteries, rope, nails, hammers and duct tape, access to industrial size washer and dryer. Items can be dropped off at Nickelsville at 7116 Marginal Way SW at 2nd Ave SW and W Marginal Way SW. Money helps too. They go towards propane, garbage pick up and servicing port-a-potties.

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Out in Public

Last weekend’s Seattle Design Festival prompted people to consider how design affects our environment. What goes up? What comes down? Who is affected by these changes and how?

Every time I come back from some place with interesting architecture and vibrant street art, I am prompted to take a look around Seattle’s urban landscape. I am thankful for people’s efforts to save historic buildings, like Washington Hall, and promote social justice-oriented development that supports livable, diverse communities as opposed to gentrification, like Puget Sound Sage. (The fabulous Davida Ingram takes an interesting approach to this with “Detour: Cascade to South Lake Union,” a walk and cell phone tour (call 206-686-8566) with the voices of past and current residents who share history and insights into one of this city’s fastest changing/gentrifying neighborhoods.)

A lot of what I shoot while I wander different parts of the country and the globe is the vivid street life. I hunger for the bold colors that warm-weather places don. Now, I’m bringing a little bit of that to Seattle’s streets, with the help of the King County Metro Bus Shelter Program and Photography Center Northwest. “Gehitu” (above) is at Northeast 65th and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard and “Maneki Sunset” is at East John and 12th Avenue East (below). Two more of my photos will be installed at other bus shelters in the city (in the South End, I hope).

“Gehitu,” in its original version is also on view at the Artist Trust exhibition, A Celebration of Washington Artists, at the Washington Convention and Trade Center’s 2nd floor North Gallery through October 18th.

The next time you’re waiting for your bus, or rambling through the city, take a look around. See what’s up. Think about how it got there. And please don’t tag the art that someone is offering as a gift for you.

From Summer to Fall

It was indeed a busy summer with lots of great workshops with talented young people. Congratulations to those who completed Youth Media Institute’s Youth Out Loud Photography program. In a mere three weeks, they learned photography, storytelling, editing on Lightroom and Premiere to put together thought-provoking digital stories on homelessness, workers’ rights, gay marriage, bullying and media representations of people of color and low-income communities. These high school youth give me hope for our collective future! (Photo above is by student Merissa M.)
Congratulations also go to the youth who participated in Asian Counseling and Referral Service’s Introduction to Digital Photography workshop. I invite you to view their work at ACRS’s rotating gallery on the first floor at 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle.
I’ll be teaching again this fall, this time across Puget Sound. Middle school youth can sign up for a two-day digital photography workshop at Winslow Arts Center, on Bainebridge Island, September 22nd and 23rd. Check out the Winslow Arts Center website for registration.

Also in September, my own work will be part of Artist Trust’s exhibition at the Washington State Convention Center through Oct. 18, with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. This exhibition features work by over 200 artists in various disciplines who have participated in Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development Program since 2003. This is a wonderful celebration of all the diverse talent here in Washington State. Thanks to Artist Trust and the broader arts community who have helped each of us hone our craft and put it out to there.

Gearing Up for Summer

Do you have youth in your life who are interested in photography? I love fanning young people’s creative embers! I’ll be teaching two workshops this summer at Photography Center Northwest: Introduction to Digital Photography (June 26-29) and Street Photography (July 9-13). Students can shoot either with a D-SLR or point-and-shoot camera, as long as the camera’s settings can be adjusted. Contact Education Director Ashley Siple at  206-720-7222 x16 or go to the PCNW website to download a scholarship application.

Supporting the Arts

My piece “Ciao!” went home with the highest bidder at Artist Trust’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction, and I’m glad the proceeds will go towards supporting artists in Washington state. Artist Trust has helped me gain skills, confidence and connections as a professional artist, and it truly makes an impact on the arts community, so I was happy to add to that impact.

Next up: The Wing Luke Asian Museum’s auction, Saturday, March 17th at the Westin. “Tree Reflections” will be up for auction to help support the museum’s many wonderful programs that highlight Asian Pacific American experiences. I’ve had a long relationship with the WLAM, going back to my days as a writer when I directed its exhibition and edited its book, A Different Battle: Stories of Asian Pacific American Veterans. I was also a teaching artist and mentor for its Youth CAN program, which First Lady Michelle Obama presented with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2010. I hope to see you at the auction! (And remember, you can bid by proxy if you can’t make it.)