I cannot help but be intrigued and fascinated by the vast array of possibilities I could shape with my own hands. “Kaleidoscope World” is an on-going photography project based on the song of the late Francis Magalona with the same title. It all started with my growing interest in exploring different techniques in photography and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects.
The way I work is very technical. The project began with a tutorial on how to make a kaleidoscope but it turned out quite lame once I finished it. Sitting on my messy work table, the handmade kaleidoscope stared at me and summoned me to pick it up.
I put it in front of my lens and a new way of seeing with photography was born.
I first walked around with it and took images of my everyday surroundings to test my new “lens.” I have taken hundreds of photographs since then. This project is slowly gaining momentum by being taught in workshops. What’s more interesting for me is witnessing how my students evolve the medium.
One participant even created a video of his eye, which was wickedly awesome. Then another pushed the geometry of the kaleidoscope and made a square-shaped kaleidoscope, a quadriloscope? Now my challenge to you is to create a kaleidoscope and take some kaleidoscopic photographs by following this presentation:
Let me see to what exciting things you have done with it!
“Every color and every hue
Is represented by me and you
Take a slide in the slope
Take a look in the kaleidoscope
Spinnin’ round, make it twirl
In this kaleidoscope world”
– Kaleidoscope World, Francis Magalona
Gerome Soriano is a visual artist who lives in Manila, Philippines. He graduated with the Best Thesis award for his Kite Aerial Photography work in the Fine Arts program of the University of Santo Tomas. He also received the Most Appreciated portfolio award from the 2012 Manila Behance portfolio review. He worked with 98-b collaboratory and is currently working with Dito: Bahay ng Sining a theater art space and as studio manager of Mark Salvatus.