My time in Manila was brilliant – I didn’t have the feeling that Manila was really a place I would recommend for my parents. There are probably “nicer” places to visit. Three churches more, half the traffic – does that make it nice? More appealing to tourists?
In my work I try not to make any promises I can’t keep. Masses of photographs circle the world…what haven’t we seen already? Sunsets, cars, houses, we all know what they look like; we know their purpose, why these images were taken…they are there to tell you something, to sell you something, to remind you of something or to inform you about something.
The guns are obvious in Manila, you see them everywhere – men in uniform guard insurance companies, supermarkets, banks…they loved it when I asked them if I could take a picture of their gun. Now there are five posters on the wall, printed on cheap paper; lots of posters for everyone to take home of men with a gun or without a head.
Now you can have your own guards at home if you so wish. They won’t prevent a robbery – after all, they’re only pictures – but it will certainly change your house.