Following on from his previous travel based photo essays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bali and London, IDYSM Founder Lester Jones recently focused his lens on the people and places of The Philippines.
The country is in a state of rapid growth and evolution with an expanding population and sense of infrastructure evolving within Manila, which in short is frantic. It is statistically the world’s most densely populated city, however within it’s sense of scale and pace you still have the ability to get a feel of the people who define it.
There is a never a sense of rushing around, the pace is languid and slow (maybe due to the extreme humidity) yet within the people there is still a sense of warmth and friendliness in their nature and a colourfulness in their clothing that is commonly lo-fi and casual yet still engaging and positive.
Branding and contemporary fashion is not overly evident on a day to day basis. You really have to look for it, and even the rampant knock off market may have you questioning the legitimacy of the product.
This latest photo essay merges themes and offers a visual commentary on how Lester sees the identity of The Philippines in 2018 through potraiture, art, and reportage.