A Time for Gratitude

#24 Christmas Cornershop

Thank you…

if you’ve read and liked any of my posts.

if you’ve given me an encouraging comment or helpful critique.

if you’ve helped put my work in front of more people by sharing it on social media and in real life.

if you’ve collected any of my prints or licensed any of my photographs.

if you’ve commissioned me for a job because you genuinely like the work that I do, and not because I was the convenient option.

if you’ve trusted me enough to be part of my personal projects, even though it often made you feel vulnerable.

#37 Misa de Gallo

For helping me acquire gear, equipment and materials that are necessary for me to continue on this journey…

For offering me words of encouragement when I couldn’t see myself through to the next job or sale…

For believing in me, my skill, and determination…

For having been there since I took my first step on this journey…

Thank you.

And a merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!


New Project: Bodies

Bodies is about presenting the human form as art.

The subject is lit in a dramatic fashion, mimicking the look and feel of a painting. I hope to achieve with this subject matter what I was able to do with Faces — presenting the “ordinary” in an extraordinary light.

Bodies is about revealing the curves and shape of the human form. The goal is not to present a body that is perfect, but to show and capture it in its best form.

This is not a glamour shoot. The body as a subject is not to be objectified and sexualized. But the endeavor requires a level of daring and comfort of being in one’s own skin enough to do a shoot that requires some form of nudity (both implied and not).

Although I have just started shooting for this project, I’ve been planning and working with a number of subjects for months now. There is still a lot to do. But I aim to shoot enough photographs to mount an exhibit by the second quarter of the coming year. I would really appreciate your support in putting my work in front of a wider audience by liking and sharing my content.

More to come…


Year-end Print Sale 2017

Update (12/27): As I have been blessed with a new printer, I thought I’d give something back. ALL prints in the catalog are now available for order at the sale price.

Update (12/15): Series numbers that are struck through are no longer available. However, it can still be ordered at a larger size (12×18 inches and up).

It’s that time of the year once again. Welcome to the 2017 year-end print sale!

All of the prints enumerated below can be bought at 20% off their original price. Each 6×9-inch piece now goes for PhP 1000 (about 20 USD).




Only one edition of each of the listed prints above are available at the sale price. Those who order multiple prints will be given an additional discount based on the number of pieces purchased.

Going Large

Large sizes for all prints in the catalog are now available. The price will depend on its size and the kind of paper used. There’s also an option to have the photo framed or gallery wrapped at an added cost. Each one is signed and numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Here are a couple of pieces for your perusal:

A 12×18-inch canvas gallery wrap (the 10-mL volumetric flask is in the shot for scale)

A 12×18-inch print on Ilford metallic paper framed with a 4-inch single white matte with a 1-inch black frame molding under glass

For inquiries and orders, send an e-mail to jrlocaylocay@gmail.com

Limited-edition Prints Available – Nov 2017

I have 6×9-inch limited-edition prints available for sale this month. Each one is priced at PhP 1,000 (about 20 USD).

A variety of photographic papers from Red River Paper were used. Each print is signed (at the back) and comes with its own certificate of authenticity. It is sealed in an archival-safe sleeve for safe storage until it can be framed.

As this is an archive clearance sale, only one of each print is available.

Life at Sea. #01 Boats at Sea (upper left), #02 Catch of the Day (lower left), #10 Rising Above the Ravages of Yolanda (right) 

Solitude. #55 Mananagat (left), #50 Alapaap (upper right), #49 Parola (lower right)

Local Color. #37 Misa de Gallo (upper left), #48 The Summer of Life (lower left), #24 Christmas Cornershop (right)

Doing the Work

There is a saying that if you find a job you love, then you will never work a day in your life. I understand where this passage is coming from and the message that it implies — if you do something you love for a living, then it will hardly feel like work, and that you won’t be weighed down by the pressures and the drudgery of day-to-day toil.

In my experience, that’s not necessarily accurate.

Where I agree with the basic premise of the statement, I disagree with the way it paints too rosy a picture of how it is to actually work your ‘dream’ job. Having worked as a photographer full-time for a couple of years now, my love for my craft has carried me through a lot of difficult days and has pushed me past doubt and uncertainty more times than I care to count.

Does it feel like work?

If by work, you mean the exertion of both physical and mental effort to achieve one’s purpose, then yes. It not feels like but is actually a lot of work.

Work is now more associated with its secondary meaning, which is to labor to earn a living. I feel that it has taken a bad rap in our quest to pursue our passions. Some people would believe that putting themselves in the ballpark of their dreams is enough for them to coast on through to success and fulfillment. Inspiration can only get one so far.

I once thought I had what it took to go into a career in creative writing, but found out eventually that I didn’t have the discipline to master the necessary language skills and use them to write every single day. I also fancied myself a musician once, but realized down the road that it required many hours of dedicated practice. I neither had the drive nor the time to do so. If you want to become better, you have to do the work. There is just no getting around that.

And so I find myself at 40, after having taken a drawn-out detour through a career in chemistry, choosing to and working on being a photographer.

Am I doing what I love?


Do I love what I’m doing?

Yes. Well, on most days.

Does it feel like work?

Yes. It sure does (even more so now that I’m older).

When I basically have to do most of the literal and figurative heavy lifting, there are just days that I question the sanity of the series of choices that led me here. I don’t believe our love of something should negate the pain and sacrifice we have to endure to pursue it, but it should strengthen our will to persevere. Because even the rudimentary definition of work in physics requires that force be applied to get from point A to point B.

Should this stop you from pursuing your dream and living a life of meaningful purpose?

I hope not.

There will always be struggle and suffering in this life. But what more noble cause is there to brave all that for what we love?

ChemLoveArt Print Packs Available – Sept 2017

For a limited time, I’m making three print packs (common lab, solubility, and colloids) from the ChemLoveArt series and my scientific photography work available for sale.

Each pack, priced at PhP 500 (about 10 USD), contains two signed 4R-sized prints placed in a protective sleeve. The pair of photos that will be included in each pack are placed beside each other in the image above. Only a limited number of each pack are available, so place your order now before supply runs out.

Thank you to all those who have supported my print sales since the very first one. You’re the reason that I am able to continue my journey in making pictures that matter.

Print Section Update – September 2017

#208 Waiting for the Sun

Three new photographs have been added to the Current print catalog. These pictures were made during my last trip to Dumaguete. I’ve always been drawn to sunrises, but to have people fill the scene that was unfolding before me made it all the more wonderful.

Selling Your Work as an Introvert

Being an introvert, I grew up with an anxiety for social interactions. I had to come up with and practice a script in my head for even the most basic conversations. Even buying vinegar from the corner store became a daunting task.

As I understood myself more over the years, I’ve learned to accept and work on my weaknesses. It doesn’t make it any easier that I’m basically restarting my life at 40 as a photographer from a science background; but I believe that if you’re truly passionate about something, you’re willing to face your fears for it.

I found this video resonated with me on so many levels. It is as if they were tackling the questions that I was asking myself. If you’re an introvert running a creative business (in the video it is web design), there are a lot of practical insights that you can learn to get that next client or job while helping and strengthening your ties with your local community at the same time.

Limited-edition Prints Available – Sept 2017

Update: I have never sold ALL my prints in any of my sales. Ever. Well, until now. After posting about it, I prayed and hoped for an inquiry or two when I woke up the following day. But I wasn’t expecting someone to acquire them all. Thank you, Emelyn David. I am very much grateful.

I have 6×9-inch limited-edition prints available for sale this month. Each one is priced at PhP 1000 (about 20 USD).

A variety of photographic papers from Red River Paper were used. Each print is signed (at the back) and comes with a certificate of authenticity. It is also sealed in an archival-safe sleeve.

Only one of each print is available. An additional discount will be given to those who purchase two or more prints.