As Ara

Ara and I have known each other for a few years now, but we only got the chance to have a session recently. I always thought photographing her would yield interesting results, and wow – was I correct to assume that! The beauty in this pinay is untapped. Just look at her. Grabe.

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Before the session started, she slightly hinted on what angles she was conscious about. I listened and took those into consideration. But when we started shooting, her being transformed infront of the camera. I began to love all her angles, so diverse.

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There is so much rawness in her beauty that the world has yet to see.

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Let me tell you, this pinay has not even started yet.

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I absolutely adore the beauty mark on her cheek. Beforehand, she told me she was conscious of her nose (that it had certain angles, etc.) and I just found that absurd because her nose is amazing, from my perspective at least. You see, in the Philippines, having a sharp nose is considered a beauty standard. It’s been so ingrained in our media that to have a sharp nose is beautiful that many, Ara included, question the beauty of this one part of their body.

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As the music changed, so did our moods.

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We exchanged stories and got to know each other more.

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She grew more beautiful as she revealed herself.

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The light transformed her angles as the sun set on our conversations.

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As in GRABE.

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Filipina beauty at its finest.

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As the day gave way to night, we continued to just be us – together.

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We exchanged marvels about this beauty of life.

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As we got deeper in the session, I saw how beautiful the blood of a Filipina is, and even I began to appreciate my own heritage beauty.

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“Ang ganda ng Pinay.” I thought to myself.

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More than the beauty of her physicality, the beauty of this being’s soul is awe-inspiring.

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As the night went on, I decided to share with her my journal.

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In her hands is the Journal of Lucid Dreaming. My journal. Me.

An interesting realization just happened. I realized that once I share this journal, I do not know what will happen. Pardon me as I ponder and type. You see, I poured so much of myself in that notebook and I’ve kept it private for a long time. It came to a sharing-point when I realized that the story is beautiful. I decided to self-publish my journal because I wanted to have full creative control of my actions. Felt good to finish the first edition of this project. More about my journal later on.

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Going back to Ara, she is such a stunning vision.

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In darkness and light, her beauty remains.

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Ariella Arida. What a name.

Ariella, sounds synonymous to the grace of water (in my own imagined vocabulary).

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Whatta muse. Grabe, ganda mo madam. Yun lang, the end.

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Model: Ara
Photographer: Ritz Marie

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