Celso Barriga Self PortraitI was born and raised in a very tiny island in central Philippines, called Cebu. I moved to the US in the 80’s to get my MS in Computer Engineering. I have lived here in the US since then, mostly in the New England area, particularly in Nashua, NH.

When I was a kid, my mom used to dress me up in my Sunday clothes during my birthdays and she would take me to the park where a local family photographer would meet us there riding in his moped with a Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) camera hanging off his neck to take my picture. It was a much simpler life back then and I remember how happy I was when we finally get the prints a few weeks later. There were a couple more commercial photographers in the city where I grew up. There was one near our house, I used to watch him hunched over a light box, with a magnifying glass in one hand and poring over films near the front door of his studio. I’d stop sometimes and I used to watch him for hours and I was just fascinated by what he’s doing for some reason. Later on, when I was probably in high school, an uncle gave me and my brothers a Canon AE1 SLR camera with a 50 mm lens. My brothers and I used it a lot and we learned together about exposures, depth-of-field, shutter speed, etc.

Nowadays, like everybody else who has to deal with the stress of everyday life, I have struggled to find something that can bring me peace. And to me, I find it in photography. It brings me back to my pleasant childhood memories, both when making the photos, and upon watching them back later. I like to tell stories through my photographs, capture the amazing range of emotions, or at least that’s what I’m trying to do, hoping to evoke in my viewers, the same feelings that I had when I was a kid about photography. I always work to improve my craft by taking photography workshops from some of the country’s successful photographers, both locally and in other parts of the country or across the pond. I am also now a member of the Photographers Forum Camera Club of Nashua, where I get to share my passion with like minded people.

I like to shoot street photography and landscapes. Yup, probably the most diametrically opposite in the different photographic genres, so, basically I dabble in all genres 🙂 But what really interests me, are people, and I wish I could shoot more of those.

I would like to thank you for visiting my website and I would love to hear from you.

Celso Barriga

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