Former ‘V’ chief lensman mounts celestial portraits in photo exhibit

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Former Varsitarian chief photographer Jilson Tiu displays portraits of the moon in “Stillness is the Noise,” an eight-man photography exhibition. (Photo by Deejae S. Dumlao/The Varsitarian)

FORMER Varsitarian chief photographer Jilson Tiu displayed portraits of the moon in “Stillness is the Noise,” an eight-man photography exhibition held last Feb. 19 at Space Encounters Gallery in Pasig.

Tiu, a fine arts alumnus, exhibited eight photographs of the moon taken from different parts of Manila, framing the moon as a “calm and mysterious” enigma that causes one’s mind to wander introspectively as they look up at the sky.

“Manila and its lifestyle are chaotic, but when you look up to the sky and see the moon, your mind clears up and you realize that in every chaotic scene there is still something beautiful,” Tiu told the Varsitarian in an interview.

“Supermoon S14,” “Sunrise” and “Supermoon #20” captured a full moon above city buildings and landscapes.

His portraits, “Twilight,” “Holiday Silver,” “Halfull,” “Tingala” and “Light Slice,” showed the crescent moon with colored lights cascading over the shots.

A known street photographer and photojournalist, Tiu wanted to capture the beauty of mundane life.

“In a single frame, you need time, light and everything to kind of fit into that box… in a sense, art is a reflection of real life,” he added.

The exhibit was organized by Space Encounters, a furniture shop and gallery founded in 2009 by Thomasian interior designer Wilmer Lopez.

This was the gallery’s first photography exhibition.

“We are always supporting local artists and the art scene here in the country and we thought ‘why not include photographers’ in our advocacy,” Lopez said.

“Stillness is the Noise” runs until March 15.

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