In this day and age, camwhoring is second nature to kids. They either grab their phones or SLRs and start taking pictures of themselves. I still remembered the time when film was used for the camera and for memories of some fun times, my friends and I would go to a photo studio and have our pictures taken. Wallets used to have sleeves for photographs and my friends and I would make a collection of our adventures in the mall.
Back further in the day, we also had something like that. But they were a little more creative and took their subjects into a different world. Beyond formal clothes, photos taken in photo studios during the American period can also mean dressing up as an igorot or a geisha. Better yet, you and your friends can ride on a paper boat and sail down the river whilst holding your diploma.
These photos posted by Ambeth Ocampo has been forever ingrained into my mind on how creative and silly we can get just for that one shot. I bet the guys who took this photo on a boat were totally serious about it (look at their faces!) but more than that, I bet this unique photo was definitely something they will remember. I heard in Dr. Ocampo’s lecture that even Leonor Rivera, one of Rizal’s loves, also had her photo on a boat.
Personally I find the idea hilarious and I am serious that when I get married, my photobooth will have this paper boat in commemoration of these brave men who courageously posed for this dramatic memory of yore!