FOCUS MODE: MILLENNIAL’S PASSION – NICO BELASCO

When you choose something as your craft, do it because you LOVE it, it has to be your passion. You don’t go in it for the fame and money.

Photography is craft and, in the hands of a creative master it can become art.

Every photographer develops their own shooting strategy in their own unique way. Thus, photography is a creative process and photographers need to hone that skill every single day.

Different photographers have different end goals for their work. The most successful ones are those who can consistently get their work to say what it is they want, even if they cannot express well what that is or how that happens.

Photographers are not born fully formed. They begin as unskilled aspirers, and they attain their goals through different ways. There is no single course that guarantees success.

There is no single person that can produce an extraordinary work without putting in years of practice first. Even a genius had to work for at least years before he can create a popular masterpiece.

At an early age, Nico Belasco has already been deliberately practicing to develop his craft. It is good to know that he discovered early what he loves to do. Let us know more about him and how he fell in love with photography in this feature.

Let’s get to know him more:

How did you develop an interest in photography?

My interest in photography started in a salon, of all places! I was bored and had nothing to do while we were waiting for my mom to finish getting her hair done, so I pulled out my phone and started taking photos of a piece of chocolate by the window. I fell in love with the pictures and from that point on I attempted to be as creative as possible when it comes to taking photos.

What equipment do you prefer to use?

My go­to setup: My 24­105mm lens and my 320 EX Speedlite Flash. I use this for pretty much every event I go to.

Do you have any formal training that you could share for aspiring photographers?

I myself, didn’t have much formal training. I picked up a bunch of tips from my parent’s photographer friends, but a lot of what I know, I learned by experimenting. I like to shoot in unconventional ways, and if there’s one thing I learned from it, is that you have to trust your eye. As with everything else in life, go with your instincts. If you feel it’s right, then it is. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

What are your favorite subjects to shoot?

I like shooting people. There’s just something magical about capturing people at their happiest.

Can you tell us about your blog?

My blog is a fusion of event write-­ups and personal life experiences. It’s basically an online extension of me. If you scroll through it enough, you’ll find book reviews, open letters to family and friends, and my thoughts on random things like the recent elections and reading. I feel blogging is a great way to express yourself and can act as a powerful platform to inspire others and spread happiness.

As a writer, do you have any manifesto?

As a writer, I love telling stories. When I was a kid, I had dozens of notebooks filled with short stories, characters, and brainstorming charts. I now manage the @humansofmnl instagram account, wherein I share people’s stories and incorporate my own perspective of the Philippines.

How do you see yourself five years from now?

Five years from now, I see myself graduating from college and traveling the world, putting my journalism degree to work.

Define success

Success is seeing your hard work pay off.

Advises for those who still don’t know what they love to do in life?

If you still aren’t sure about what you want to do in life, experiment. I wouldn’t have gotten this far in photography had I not experimented with my phone camera and piece of chocolate.

THINGS ABOUT NICO

 

Mantra:

I am confident.

Most treasured object:

My rosary, I never leave the house without it. Favorite Book:

For One More Day by Mitch Albom Favorite Quote:

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”- Theodore Roosevelt

Hobbies:

Reading, Writing, Basketball, and Tennis

Favorite Movie of all time:

The Perks of being A Wallflower

Pet Peeves:

Open cabinets

Favorite bonding activity with family:

Bingo! It’s our favorite family game.

Mentors:

My parents, I have no idea what I’d do without them.

Can you share with us one of your photographs?

 

riana

I took this photo a couple months back for a collaboration with my childhood best friend, Riana Lago.

Article from http://whichcraftph.com/magazine/.

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