The best portraits bring a subject’s idiosyncrasies and expressions to life in a single snapshot. Whether looking directly into the lens, captured in their natural environments, or caught at a candid glance.
16-year old AJ mourns at the crime scene where his neighbor Antonio Perez has been shot by unidentified assailants on January 3, 2017, outside their shanty in Pasay City, Manila. Perez works in the barangay and treated AJ like a son. When we got to the crime scene, the house was situated next to a ditch and barely reached our chest. AJ had to run to the store to buy candles when the cops came to investigate. He lit one after they left and prayed. He was advised by another neighbor to sleep somewhere else.