It's An Exhibit for the Graphically-Inclined...

It had been a long wait for me to finally have my first ever solo exhibition of works…some commissioned jobs I did were shown in expos, conventions in a national level..I even had an exhibit at the MOA Convention Center as part of an International Convention years back…I have been joining group exhibits since 2010…My photography had been published in both newspapers, tabloids and magazines both locally & internationally…I have conducted workshops and have been invited on speaking engagements all around the Philippines…I have an ongoing workshop series who’s primary aim is to spread the Love for Photography for 5 years now and still going…

My show is called “Dose Na Grafika”(Twelve Graphic Works) because its a cross between photography and painting…it’s digital art on canvas! A blend of the Old & The New…two kinds of media made into one.

DOSE NA GRAFIKA(TWELVE GRAPHIC WORKS) will run from May 12-31, 2014 at the Albay Capitol Atrium Art Gallery, Albay Capitol Bldg., Old Albay Dist., Legazpi City. Exhibit Opens on May 12, 2014 with Cocktails at 6pm.

I would like to thank Apo Gonzales and the whole ABEX Group for believing me and giving me the opportunity to showcase my work. To friends who helped unconditionally, Doc Molly Del Rosario, Arch. Gerard Caceres and Family, Atty. Yami Balayo and a sleu of others who are always there to support me. To Kreate Digital Photo, thanks for co-sponsoring the canvas printing of my works…and to Yami Furniture, for the frames of the canvases. Without you guys, this wouldn’t have been possible!

As my curator tells me, this is the first time that this kind of exhibit is gonna happen in Bicol or probably the whole Philippines…for me, I just want you to see what I do whether am the first or not.

This is an exhibit for the Graphically-Inclined!

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I’d like to invite you to be one of my solemates for the first ever DATE IN DAET (DiD2014) getaway and become members of blogkadas who will share about your discoveries and experiences in Daet highlighting its places of interests together with the local products & services through your BLOGS and SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS to tickle the interest of fellow Bicolanos, Filipinos and even foreigners, especially those fun and adventure loving tourists who are also tech-savvy and heavily rely on internet for information.

DiD2014 is primarily a tourism advocacy campaign that encourages Businesses, Bloggers, Bicolanos, and others stakeholders to to be closer to Daet, to make friends with one another and to reconcile all efforts for a better and progressive society. This is in line with Sole Searching Soul’s purpose of making a difference in a community one trip at a time.

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My Photography

My love affair with this medium of the arts has not been that long…although I have had my father as an influence to pursue visually-enticing jobs to emulate what he does when he was still among the living, this was accidentally discovered as my original plan was to further delve into the realm of film making.

I have been blessed to have experienced the development of technology through the years, from analog to digital to multimedia. I have seen the evolution of the computer, softwares and operating systems. I have seen science-fiction come to life!

But from all this chaos, I was able to find order…I was able to find that niche where nobody else wanted to take…to describe it a bit further, here’s what a friend thinks about my work:

“Appreciating a photographic work requires understanding of the photographer; thus, I can deeply appreciate the obras of Ritche Asagra since I understand him as a person.  I was with him few years before I left Legazpi for Korea as fellow members of Aquinas University faculty. We must have brushed elbows when we were both coaches of two different college groups in the staging of Rokyaw in Aquinas University.  We also both moved on to the Bicol University as adjunct professors of different departments.  We were never close but we were bound to be…later, as Facebook friends. The social network caused a gravitation of my attention to the photographic works posted on my wall, which later zeroed in on photos watermarked as RasagrafikaManila. Said works are not over-demanding, so it seems,  but extremely engaging as far as my aesthetic faculties are concerned.

At slack times, I would browse through Ritche’s timeline photos and scrutinize, decipher and dissect each item to appreciate every element.  As an old school appraiser, I dare present my observations.  On selectivity, he is indiscriminating in choosing his subject matter, taking stock of any object that runs into his visual purview; may it be a caterpillar inching its way through a twig, rain droplets on a green trembling leaf, blazing sun on a lazy afternoon, gorgeous ladies commissioned for a photo shoot on a busy thoroughfare, mundane movements of humans on a market day, holiday decors on the streets, geometric constellations seen through glass paneled windows of a movie theater, whatever, wherever, and whenever.  He instantaneously captures each moment with a calculated press on his camera’s shutter rendering a living iota of the vast universe seized in a second of time.

Through meticulous processing of his shots, he presents an interpretive reality of each moment designed to persuade the audience to believe in seeing.  He basically describes a person, place, thing or event but his photography goes beyond that for it attempts to either explain or interpret the moment in the articulate way that he produces an indigenous imagery of reality.  Ritche produces balance through asymmetry by unconventionally placing his subject out of the focal center to the periphery and balancing the spatial territory with a tricky use of shadows, colors and lines to approximate an orderly chaos.  This is most evident in his macros of the spider, bird, caterpillar and so on as well as in his landscapes.

Perhaps it is his idiosyncracy playing on his works that brings a vernacular character to his photography.  His compendium of reportorial  pictures of events vividly narrates the cultural and human interest ingredients, which tend to inform if not entertain the audience.  In this category of photos, he tends more to interpret than explain.  If he is adept at interpretation, this must be because of his other preoccupation as a public speaker.  He is a lecturer in various subject fields of communication arts and a professional radio disc jockey, in which his penchant for communicative relations is given an outlet.

Me thinks Ritche Asagra’s visual poetry blends well with my verbal poetry, which I have tinkered with lately.  Ideas are brewing for a publication in tandem of his photos and my poems. A big bundle of talents and skills, Ritche Asagra is bound to be much better than great beyond photography!” – Dr. Pedro Bernaldez, Ph.D

DOSE NA GRAFIKA: An exhibit of digital art on canvas

Coming This May!

The Joys of Journeying

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City tourist guides often recommend arranging passes for special art exhibits. This is true for travelers that prefer to wander big cities to visit museums, dine in fancy restaurants and sip wines in cozy lounges.

Albay may not be as big a city as those frequently traveled by tourists in Europe, but there’s an interesting event that city wanderers, photography enthusiasts and art buffs can include in their itinerary for their Albay visit this May – that is, DOSE NA GRAFIKA (12 Graphics) .

DOSE NA GRAFIKA is an exhibit of digital art on canvas, a first of its kind in Bicol, and probably in the entire Philippines.

The exhibit opens on May 12, 2014 and runs until the end of the month at the Albay Capitol Atrium Art Gallery, Old Albay Dist., Legazpi City.

This is the first solo exhibit of Ritche Asagra since 3 years of joining exhibits…

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Good Friday Processions

I had the opportunity to witness the annual procession of devotees(?) in another place other than Albay – Sorsogon…the people who chose to go with the “Karos” had to do it barefoot…and as explained to me, has been an age-old tradition among the people in Sorsogon City.

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More Than Just A Dozen...

The Bigg's Tower Burger

I’ve had my fill of burgers in my lifetime…but this has got be something else, and to come from a Bicolano Restaurant is such an amazing feat!

This Monster Burger is a product of the Famous Bicol Restaurant – BIGG’S.

A 5inch tall “Protein Overload” as per Miss Rica’s description, the better-half of Bigg’s CEO Carlo Buenaflor. We were treated to this feast of Lettuce, Tomatoes, Beef Patty, Cheese, Hash Brown, Spam, Cheese, Bacon, Caramelized Onion, & Egg in a Sesame Seed Bun. This is part of the launching of the restaurant’s summer BIGGER, BETTER Promo series…which also includes a new line of Coolers called “Mello Jello” plus the better-tasting Milkshakes…you better look forward to these goodies made available soon at your nearest Bigg’s Outlet.

Bigg’s Restaurants are located in Naga City, Pili, Legazpi City & Lipa, Batangas.

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The Spirit & The Blue

This is an accidental image i took purposely but with the incorrect settings on my DSLR.

We were shooting the arrival of a Beauty Queen in the city and was headed to the next destination to catch the entourage at another location. As we were walking to where the car was parked, there was a group who was walking towards us and I saw it as a nice image, them being boxed in buy the mini-van and someone who was burning dried leaves and garbage on the other side without me realizing that I had set the camera to brighter settings and completely forgot about it. I aimed the camera and fired away, only to discover after that the shot was over-exposed…but luckily it was in RAW format…so what I share to you now is an image so surreal that it could give a whole lot of supernatural interpretations or some other stuff. ahahahaha!

Sometimes, there are beautiful accidents that you don’t expect…but it’s a good thing that I shoot in RAW…it created something beautiful out of a crappy shot…it brought Order in Chaos.

Saki Journeys

I have always dreamed of owning a motorcycle ever since I was young…I would jump on my uncle’s tricycle, kick start it, and even made it fly through the garage one time damaging the sidecar when it hit the wall. In college, I would borrow my uncle’s Suzuki Crystal and drive around Daraga with it, avoiding traffic and the police since I didn’t have a license yet. I would also get to borrow my College Instructors’ bikes from time to time when I volunteer to do errands for them which I don’t mind since I would get a chance to drive their motorcycles.

It’s been only 2yrs since I got me my own motorcycle…I have earlier planned on getting the Honda CBR 150cc but shied away because of the price that time and they weren’t offering it in installments yet…then I thought of the Ymaha Mio Sport, but my brother talked me out of it because of its overbearing gasoline consumption…and then there was the Yamaha FZ, but during that time it too was not available for installment. So the day came when I had to choose which brand was to be my better-half – its this beautiful baby, a Kawasaki Rouser 135cc!

It was a match made in heaven, as what the dealer said…but the first few months was a grueling “getting-to-know-you” stage, for the reason that I made my brother break it in properly and for the suspension springs to soften up…ahahaha!

I aptly named her “Saki” from the last part of the motorcycle brand’s name…coz she looked like one of those ninja-like motorcycle autobots in the movie and animated series hahahaha! well, two years is a very nice partnership and still looking forward for more…will keep on pushing it forward and try to discover more places and happy images together. Who knows?there might be a Saki Blog Soon ahahaha!

This is “SAKI”…and she is my Motorcycle!

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It has been a good 5 days since the “tummy-filling-protein-laden-heaven-in-a-bun” experience with Bigg’s in Naga City and I still can’t get enough of it!

The taste still lingers in my mouth…the juices oozing on the side of my cheek and down to my beard…the melee of flavors scraping my taste buds from all corners of my mouth…that is how the Bigg’s Tower Burger experience has traumatized me(in a good way).

Make sure that you are REALLLLLLY hungry when you grab this monstrosity at the nearest Bigg’s Diner outlet, and I say unto you – Heed my Warning!