Exclusive interview with photographer Manny Fontanilla for HUF Magazine Issue 42

“I never stop shooting. No one can stop me doing what I love to do in photographer.”

Manny Fontanilla is an up-and-coming professional photographer. Manny is no snapper. His images are taken from a stunning perspective, each worthy of their own individual accolade. Indeed, Manny’s photographs graced the pages of HUF Magazine issue 35.

Manny readily puts any ego aside. His photographs are not about the photographer but about the people in them. It is easy to see how people journey just to be in front of his lens. Manny took time out of his busy schedule to tell HUF Magazine about his photography and how he creates his highly polished and carefully styled photographs. Images which are sure to raise him to the forefront of fashion photography in South East Asia and beyond.

“I am a freelance photographer and have worked with different modeling agencies in Manila, the Philippines. I’m always happy and proud of my photos because every single photo has its own story to tell. I also work as an online photo retoucher for different fashion photographers in Asia, Europe and the USA.

“I am based in the Philippines and I have been living in Baguio City in Northern Luzon for almost four years now. Baguio is a highland so it is one of the coldest places in my country and it is such a beautiful city. In fact, it is being labeled as the Summer Capital of the Philippines because, when summer starts, people from the lowlands just go up to spend their vacation there and enjoy the cold weather.

“The Philippines is a tropical country – we only have two seasons which are the dry season and the wet season – I can say that it is one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia. In my country, you can see breath taking scenery like the Hispanic colonial places in Vigan and Intramuros – which are rich in history, the beaches in Boracay and El Nido, the Chocolate Hills and the underground river in Palawan. And you must see the perfect cone peak of Mayon Volcano. The Filipinos are very hospitable and friendly people. We love to serve good food! We are a very resilient race – we can always find hope and happiness even in the midst of calamities. Maybe the reason why we have this temperament is because of the geographical location of my country. I always love shooting in my country. Since it is an archipelago, there is always sun shining in my country. That is why Filipinos are naturally happy people.

“I have done several photo shoots outside my country such as in Thailand, The Netherlands and Belgium. I really enjoy working in other countries because I’ve always been curious about other cultures. And I get inspired by the new experiences I receive from these new places and cultures which I incorporate in my works. I am always amazed by the beautiful landscapes, breathtaking locations, and the warm hospitality of the locals. Thus, inspiring me to create beautiful photos. And I would love to experience these in more countries too.

“During my college days I had to work and support myself so I worked as waiter in different restaurants to finance my schooling. I studied and finished my degree in Architecture and had a chance to work in a local firm of architects as a designer. I designed buildings and houses for clients. My background in architecture helped me appreciate art more and become more passionate about it. Through this, I get to adopt ideas and concepts to translate in my works as a photographer. I have no formal schooling in photography. Everything is based on my research on the Internet, in books, magazines, and experiences in life. “I remember during my college days, I used to … Continue reading our exclusive interview with Manny in HUF Magazine issue 42