My name is Jan Louie Señoron, a hobbyist photographer from the Philippines.
I started photography around 2-3 years ago, and it all began with one simple question. I was browsing a magazine when a picture of a child sitting on the side of the street, did not only catch my eye, but also moved something within me. Right there and then I asked myself the question: "Can I capture a photo like this?"
Out of sheer curiosity, a week later, I bought my first camera. It was a preloved, mirrorless, camera; an Olympus e-pm2 with 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lens. I had no background whatsoever in photography, so I started studying the basics - mostly by watching tutorials on YouTube. This has greatly helped me understand photography and learn more about shooting and editing techniques.
Further research also led me to photos that have significantly inspired and influenced me. One was taken by Kevin Carter - "The vulture and the little girl"; and another of Joe O’Donnell - "A Japanese boy standing at attention after having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, 1945." These powerful images never failed to keep me motivated.
In 2017, I took my street photography up a notch. I started exploring the city to take pictures, and I quickly fell in love with street photography. It just feels so raw; the emotions, the spontaneous moments of the people I take pictures of. I then took a leap of faith and joined a photo exhibit for the first time where, fortunately, 5 of my photos were selected. It was such an overwhelming and unforgettable event for me.
There’s still more to learn, more time and effort to dedicate to my practice and pursing the answer to my question. But most importantly I can’t stop thinking about the images I want to create and the streets that are left to explore!
See more of Jan Louie Senoron's work on instagram at @snapfile