A 21-year-old aspiring photographer has inspired Filipinos with his DIY home fashion shoots, where he used cheap and easily available props.
Alfred Acenas, a college student from Isabela province, attracted the public’s attention and his inspiration, photographer BJ Pascual, when several of his images went viral.
In the photos, Acenas’ nieces use objects such as a Christmas tree, fruits, flowers, and even a hen. He told Coconuts Manila in an interview that the images are his way of expressing his creativity.
“I know that by taking these photos, I can showcase my ideas. I also want to share my skills and talents whenever I take these photos,” he said.
“I conceptualize the shoots each night, and before I sleep, I think and plan them carefully to decide on what [props] I should use. I want to be creative; that’s why I use household items,” Acenas said.
Pascual has always been his inspiration, he said, but he admits that financial constraints make it impossible for him to mount expensive shoots. He uses a Huawei Y6p, an iPhone 6 plus, and his cousin’s Samsung phone to take photos.
“I want to create his shots, but I don’t have the money to buy props, so I just use the stuff at home,” he said. “I plan to buy a DSLR, but I don’t have money right now. If I had the money, I would buy something more important, so I just use my cellphones.”
Acenas is happy that his work has gained online traction and that even Pascual has posted supportive messages on Facebook.
“I want to cry sometimes because I never thought this would happen. I want to cry out of happiness because BJ Pascual noticed me, and I’m even more glad that people appreciate my work, not just here in the Philippines but also people abroad,” he said.
Acenas, an education major at the Isabela State University, said he intends to become a Filipino teacher and a professional photographer after graduation.
“I really want to become a teacher someday. I really love photography; that’s why I’m studying everything related to this profession. I will become [a teacher and photographer] at the same time,” he said.
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