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Updates of underwater photography services I offer :)

Posted in Accomplished Projects on September 1, 2010 by Josan

Hello everybody!

Here is an update of the new underwater photography services I offer 🙂 You can also enlarge the brochure, drag and drop it to your computer and print it out yourself.

sincerely… Josan

Outside of brochure

Inside of brochure


My new & first book is hot off the presses at Blurb!

Posted in Accomplished Projects on August 29, 2010 by Josan

I finally finished doing the post-production work in the creation of my 1st fine art underwater photography book for the “Bringing Artists Together” project by Linda Arkelian of Drive Dance Studio. I wanted it to be simple, but I’ve never created a book for and I didn’t realize it can take forever especially if your computer system is working sloOoow like a turtle. lol.

Anyway, take a sneak peak and place your order if you’re so inclined

Josan underwater

Posted in Accomplished Projects on August 15, 2010 by Josan

One of the many portraits of me underwater in Mexico

Mexico Evening 1 (June 20): Solstice Celebration at the Mayan Riviera with locals & hippies

Posted in Accomplished Projects, Projects, Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 by Josan

I found the Solstice celebration at Sacbe, such a holistic experience. The atmosphere just had that feeling of home. I was really exhausted from lack of sleep from the trip, but I was so stoked when Les told me that  there was going to be lots of hippies, artsy peeps and yogis in the event. La vie boheme! 😀

I wasn’t really expecting much, but at the end of the evening, my jaws dropped from the amazing performances by the artists part of the show. I was fascianted by the wide range of talents and the performers ability to multi-task one talent with another.

One of the performances was a group of ladies & later on men playing the drums while dancing. The original video wasn’t as dark as it got converted in youtube so you can’t really see the other drummers in the background. It was awesome, because there was a live flute musician playing in the background, the music by the flutist was so beautiful. 🙂

Mayan drummer

These masked drummers below were the ones behind the ladies in the youtube performance. The 3 sets of drumming performances presented in the show were authentic Mayan performance, and it felt special to be introduced to the Mayan performance art through these drumming performances 🙂 since I enjoy dance meditation facilitated by spiritual native drummers in Vancouver.

Girls drumming

The drumming performance was ended by a Mayan drummer who played drums on fire, before the fire dancers  presented their stunt.

Fire drummer

I got so mesmerized by the first fire dancer that I forgot to make some photos, but I did take some photos of the 2nd fire dancer and some videos of the other fire dancers.

Fire dancer # 2

There were four fire dancers who performed during the Solstice celebration. I have a few videos of them. Here are some of them.

June 20 (Sunday): Mexico. Fresh out from the airport free flow writing

Posted in Accomplished Projects, Projects with tags , , on June 23, 2010 by Josan

Out of Cacun airport

Growing up from the Philippines, I knew how it was like being in a tropical country. It’s been 7 years since I came back to my home country. My house mate owns a land with a palapa in Sacbe, a jungle in Cancun. He also has a time-share to 5-star resorts around Quintana Roo State area. When I found out a couple of months ago that he was coming over to Cancun this month, I jumped in to join him for a little bit with tropical dreams. A 10 day adventure with a fantasy of doing underwater photography of people. When I stepped out of the plane in Cancun International Airport, I felt like a fried egg from the humidity in the air. Les waited for me at the airport’s cafe watching soccer while eating ceviches. I just had to have those ceviches so when he asked me if I wanted the rest from his big platter of leftover ceviches, I jumped for it. No resistance. Just gobbled it. I was stuck in Edmonton Airport the night before, and I was planning to sleep under one of those rows of chairs in the airport, and be right in time for my 6:30 am flight to Cancun the next day. I didn’t get any sleep at all since at dawn is when the cleaning people bring out their noisy cleaning machines to disturb the isolation of the airport. Ahh. Adios sleep. I just decided to do some studying for my yoga teacher training. I was able to accomplish a lot of reading, but the uncertainty that all the information just read stayed put in my head was doubtful. Without any sleep, I looked forward to the idea of breakfast in the airplane amidst airplane food’s reputation of horribility, instead we only had an option of cookie and tidbits with drinks. So ceviches when I landed in Cancun was just plain awesome.

Snake separating highway

The surrounding area had some sort of nostalgia. A tiny bit like Manila with its similarities. The humid weather and aggressive taxi drivers harassing potential passengers. The Mayan people look so much like Filipinos: dark, short and pudgy nosed. They were warm with that mix of flirtatiousness and all-smiles. Well, that’s where Filipinos originally came from through boat hundreds of years ago, from the Mayan Riviera…so duuuhh… Every couple feet within the airport vicinity I got hit on by these flirtatious young Mayan men, they were pretty persuasive flirts, but instead of feeling harassed, I found them hilarious, so I joked with them and laughed off their flirty wordyness.

The drive to the resort was interesting. The nostalgia got disrupted when I saw vast spaces of Westernized and commercialized resorts and animal sculptures in the middle of the highway. Manila didn’t have much vast space based on how I remembered it. It didn’t have big thousand acre  resorts and it didn’t have big snake sculptures in the middle of the highway.

Main entrance to the Royal Hacienda Resort

Entering the resort vecinity

Royal Hacienda entrance

Entering the resort vicinity

The Royal Hacienda’s Grand Coral entrance was fancy. It was touristy and grand. The colors made me happy, since fun colors have a way with me. It looked comfortable, but I had to admit, I was worried of the idea of being stuck in resort mode. I wanted to see, hang out and mingle with locals in a non-pretentious atmosphere.

Another angle of the Royal Hacienda

Royal Hacienda 1

Jacuzzi at Royal Hacienda

My inner hopes came true when Les told me that we were going to the solstice performance celebration happening all day, during my 1st day in Cancun. it was an event at Sacbe where he gave me a short tour of his palapa, and we watched the evening shows. The performances by local performance artists were top notch. It was AMaAaZING! I had soOoo much fun. There were lotsa white hippies from Playa del Carmen. I met a couple of Les’ local artist friends, they were quiet a diverse of characters. 🙂 It was a good beginning for me in Cancun.

Multi-style yoga teacher training course

Posted in Accomplished Projects, Projects on May 6, 2010 by Josan

Aside from my day time as a multi-functional pocket Venus around North Vancouver and West Vancouver, and aside from my few art shows/exhibits in the city, one thing that’s been keeping me busy is the loadful of homework and meditation practice for my yoga teacher trainer course under Lana Maree, a feminist yoga practitioner.

Here is a poster I created for her for the 200-hour yoga teacher training course:

Yoga poster I designed for my yoga mentor

One World Exhibit at Science World

Posted in Accomplished Projects, Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 by Josan

Yesterday was the 1st time I’ve had an art show & my own booth in a big venue. My warm and sincere thank you to my house mate Suzanne Glick who put up my entire booth together and my printer guy Jerome  for the printing and who helped haul my stuff and put plastic sleeves on my postcards for the last minute needed setup help for the show. My booth was beautiful for a first timer boother. I’m confident to say that I could be judged as one of the top 5 artist representation in the show  🙂 I am very proud of my setup, though i would have much have love the gypsy booth fantasy me and Suzanne were suppose to go for earlier on. I received a lot of positive feedback on my underwater people photographs from onlookers, both artists and appreciators of art. Of course it cannot be avoided receiving disgusted/wrinkly looks from conventional folks, because of the provocative nature of some of my images. It was good marketing/exposure for me and other artists, but it wasn’t organized well It is okay though, because the organizer are new at setting up art shows and they are just learning the tricks of the trade. Most art/trade shows usually guarantee at least 2 free compensation tickets for the exhibiting artist’s guests. We, artists had to let all our invited guests buy tickets. I ended up buying 3 tickets to have guests over, which was a bummer especially since I wasn’t even able to earn enough to cover the artist fee that all the artists had to pay to be in the show. The security and most of the volunteers weren’t reliable. Then again their volunteers, so you really can’t expect much from them. It was just annoying because when I got into Science World, I had an idea of where my location was, but not really sure where specifically it was. I asked a volunteer where it was and she’s this chick who was wearing a skimpy mini skirt, ultra high pointy heels and plunging neckline. She looked at me clueless, then ran around without going to far like a headless chicken asking other potential volunteers what I just asked her. I was a bit annoyed, since I had people waiting for me outside. Their were a few awesome volunteers though, like this oober nice guy named Marty, who got my back, since I was literally on my own when Suzanne left. I appreciate the fact that  at the end of the show when we had to pack up and haul our stuff out of Science World before 1:30 am Marty was there to help me carry my loadful of things. There was also one of the unknown artist’s guest who kept going back and forth my booth and complimenting my work, who saw me struggling to carry all my stuff at the end of the night who helped out…happily 😛 I forgot his name, but he was wearing this fun Vegas looking polo shirt, thank you Vegas polo shirted stranger! :). I got home safe to North Van after tons of calls to different taxi companies who didn’t want to take me in. It was soOoo frustrating! It must have been because of the time of the call or the fact that taking me involves hauling 3 big heavy tables and a loadful of other stuff. Well Vancouver taxi took me in, though I had to pay $20.00 extra for the load, but it was okay, at least I got home safe and I got a really nice cab driver.. The other taxi companies like Yellow Cab was asking $15 extra, but was ultra rude to me.  Anyway, that’s about it. I sold a couple of cards and one-of-a-kind mini art collage pieces, which I was thrilled to learn has a demand in the market. My goal now is to gather the courage to go to mini-galleries & stores selling local goods in Main Street and Commercial Drive area, because I am overwhelmed by the requests on my postcards, and due to my lack of driving skills I can’t really drive around Vancouver yet to bring in individual orders around the city.

Proud of my underwater photos

My canvas prints and postcards

Zoomed out view of my booth

Ted Lederer & me