/ by John Javellana

Just finished going through the Sendong photos for the first time ever since the trip there. Had to go through a whole range of emotions from the hopelessness and despair narrated by displaced residents; to anger and the haunting disbelief given by the sheer number of dead the typhoon has claimed. But then there’s the comforting realizations inspired by the resilience of our countrymen to pull through and live on. There’s a notion that news photographers have to set aside their personal emotions and feelings to be able to cover these events as objectively as possible on the field. There is some truth to that, but at the end of the day you are still human. And you take photos based on feel and sensitivity, not just for mere aesthetics. (Taken with instagram)

Just finished going through the Sendong photos for the first time ever since the trip there. Had to go through a whole range of emotions from the hopelessness and despair narrated by displaced residents; to anger and the haunting disbelief given by the sheer number of dead the typhoon has claimed. But then there’s the comforting realizations inspired by the resilience of our countrymen to pull through and live on. There’s a notion that news photographers have to set aside their personal emotions and feelings to be able to cover these events as objectively as possible on the field. There is some truth to that, but at the end of the day you are still human. And you take photos based on feel and sensitivity, not just for mere aesthetics. (Taken with instagram)