Being one of only a very small number of Westerners in Manila, I felt rather self-conscious taking pictures of the locals. Thankfully, my 200mm lens and newspaper background come in handy.
Getting around the city’s congested streets is mostly done by the hundreds of the Philippines colourful icon of transport, the ‘Jeepney‘. It’s an old style jeep-com-minibus with is usually packed full of passengers, sometimes hanging on to the outside or clinging to the roof- anything goes! The driver dodges traffic, collects fares and counts change all at the same time. It’s an art to watch, great fun and extremely cheap way to get around town and rub shoulders with the locals!
Manila, is a sometimes disturbing mix of abject poverty, pollution and crime, existing beside affluence, expansion and success. A country of the ‘haves‘ and the ‘have nots‘, where corruption is the shameful norm which the government is working to eradicate.
NEXT TIME in my travel photography series, I leave the hustle and bustle of Manila behind and head into the mountains for some fresh air and to visit an active volcano!