Jed Escueta: Raw Snapshots of Life

Jed's images of Coffeebreak Island showed an unadulterated and spontaneous visual diary of the band–in parties, concerts, good times, and crazy moments.

Photographs by Jed Escueta until May 31 (Wednesdays Open Platform) GREEN PAPAYA ART PROJECTS 41 T. Gener Street (corner Kamuning Road), Quezon City Phone 632 7941628 +63926 6635606 www.greenpapayaartprojects.org

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Despite heavy rains last Thursday night, people flocked to Jed Escueta's exhibit MAMA DON'T TAKE MY KODACHROME AWAY at Green Papaya Arts Projects. Attended by friends, artists, the curious, photographers, photography fans, beer drinkers and foreign visitors, the exhibit featured Jed Escueta's photo collection of Coffee Break Island, the ska band he's been documenting since 2003. Jed showed an unadulterated and spontaneous visual diary of the band–in parties, concerts, good times, and crazy moments. Jed's photos make you feel that you too were there with the band.

Jed Escueta has been exhibiting his work since 1999. Joining group shows here and abroad, Jed is known for taking raw, playful snapshot-esque photos of everyday people and events.   Candid photos of friends having fun, family members sleeping, his Jesus Christ action figure, travels, vices and habits, bands, gigs, drinking stupor nights, tambays, everyday ordinary things, friends puking, and whatever else he witnesses each day have all been his subjects. One of the few photographers in Manila who hasn't taken the commercial path, Jed is sticking to his art. His perseverance which gave him the opportunity to show at the National Museum, Osage gallery in Hong Kong and Singapore and lots of galleries around town. As an artist in residence in Green Papaya Art Projects, Jed will have different shows every Wednesday for the whole month of May–something to look forward to: "Forgotten nuts turn into trees," "Rolling thunder," "Smell hustle," and "Unknown A.D." Images by Raena Abella.

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