Interview with JECK MANLIQUEZ, PHILIPPINES

Updated: Oct 7, 2017

A street photographer who cares about passion and discipline before the lens, Jeck Manliquez from Manila, The Philippines.


So, Jeck, tell us about yourself and your story on how you got into film photography.


Jeck: I am a Manila-based street photographer who captures intimate yet revealing photographs of human beings interacting with the city they live in. My aim is to tell stories about people and their unique situations. I mainly shoot traditional color or black and white film for personal projects. I started Film in 2007 using a Yashica Rangefinder camera bought from a friend who introduced me the craft.

What type of film do you use and what camera do you use it with? Why do you prefer these?


Jeck: I mainly use Kodak Tri X and Fuji Neopan 400. I bring my Fuji Silvi Point and Shoot camera everyday,  it's light, compact and easy to use. While I Use Pentax Spotmatic for my personal projects.


What do you think film has that digital doesn't have?



Jeck: Soul. 
For me film has its own beauty, soul, imperfection, and element of surprise digital don't have. This meditation is one of the most enjoyable parts of photography.


Do you print your own photographs or are you comfortable having them printed in a lab?

Jeck: I used to print my own photographs, I'd like to see them hanging every corner of my room. 


What motivates you to continue making photographs with film?



Jeck: As long as I can take photographs I will continue this passion.


Are there any photographers that influenced your way of making pictures?


Jeck: William Klein, Diane Arbus, William Allard.


Do you see any value shooting with film? 


Jeck: For me the most important thing is the body and soul of the process, 


What do you think is the future of film photography?



Jeck: I think film photography is growing bigger. There are young aspiring photographers are exploring the craft, this could be good news to us as a film users sending message to film manufacturers to revive films that has been discontinued.


What’s your dream photography project?

Jeck: Publish my own book.


Would you like to offer some good words to those who want to try film photography for the first time? What must they learn before venturing into this format?



Jeck: Discipline. Visualize before you click the shutter. When you feel nothing and uninspired, don't force yourself, do it when impulse calls.


It's great to see these breathtaking photographs, Jeck! Thank you for taking time out in sharing your insights and work.


Jeck is currently working on a personal project he started back in 2013. Look him up and follow his astonishing work on Twitter - @jeckmanliquez, on Instagram - @jeckzuki500, and on Facebook - Jeck Manliquez.


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If you are a passionate film photographer and would like to be interviewed? I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email at mapamelvin@gmail.com with the subject, "Interview me", and share everyone your story, thoughts, and work related to film photography. I’ll get back to you as soon as I receive your request for an interview.


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Mel


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