Tuesday was one of those days I felt lucky I was a photographer.
My friend Bea asked me to document a fashion show by Furne One, a renowned Dubai-based international fashion designer who is in town for some sort of homecoming event presented by MEGA Magazine. I read one too many write ups about this famous Cebuano in the past and all were praise for his craftsmanship, creativity and especially humility, a quality I admire in anyone. I was very eager to take this assignment despite the lack of preparation (I really need to buy a zoom lens STAT) and a canceled workout session (I have a fitness deadline) because I got a backstage pass. As I mentioned in the earlier post, I love shooting backstage and I consider it one of the perks of the job.
I’ve shot for some time now but to this day, I always feel nervous before an assignment. Believe me I still sweat buckets before any assignment ranging from a regular event coverage to a portrait sitting. There is that fear that something will go wrong. I realized being paranoid keeps me alert. I think in a way it’s good for me because when the time comes I will start being comfortable with assignments is the time I will start producing substandard work.
After the nth time I checked my camera settings, did some test shots during the technical rehearsal and placed a chair to mark my spot in the tiny press box (I left my tripod in the trunk.), I was able to relax and felt ready for the show. What I wasn’t ready for was what I saw backstage where Furne One’s team was working. I was AWESTRUCK. I had the same feeling the first time I saw INFRA by Richard Mosse when I entered the tiny function room where the Team was preaparing. The scenes were captivating that I needed a full minute to take everything in before I started shooting.
Furne One’s collection, inspired by Mata Hari, was spellbinding from the gowns to the accessories. Seeing his team in action, sewing the headpieces and making sure not a stud was loose convinced me Cebuanos will rule the world. The collection reportedly took four years and costs P 7,000,000.000 ($170,000 US). I never doubted that bit of information since the place was bursting with gold thread, pearls, crystals and all kinds of studs that made me feel like I was inside the Central Bank vault only with lots of beautiful people. I shot for about two and a half hours until it was time for the models to hit the runway. Like I said, assignments like last Tuesday’s reminded me of how lucky I am as a photographer. It gave me an opportunity to witness talented people work under pressure to the extent I questioned myself if I have pushed myself in my profession. I have to stop right here before I start using cliché phrases and really cheesy adjectives. I’ll leave everything to the photos and I hope the readers will enjoy it.
© Tammy David
Many many thanks to Bea Ledesma of Ystyle, Philippine Star, Ces of MMPI and Furne One’s team. Please buy a copy of today’s YSTYLE with photos by yours truly.
Read Bea Ledesma’s interview with Furne One:
The one to beat: Furne One returns with a grand solo show By Bea J. Ledesma (The Philippine Star) Updated June 15, 2012