Before we left Silay, I finally had a chance to visit a sugar mill. I was curious to see how sugar canes turn into the final store product found in grocery stores. Although it was a quick tour, I was able to capture some interesting details inside the mill.
I passed several men on the road making their way to work in the fields. They were very polite and friendly. I asked if I could take their portrait and some gladly obliged. As a child when we traveled to Batangas during the summer, I remember seeing only glimpses of hardworking men and women from the car window dotting the fields along the provincial roads. Somehow, making these portraits is my small gesture of honoring them and the work they do in their daily lives.
I was fascinated with the water reflections on the rice fields and attempted to make pictures in a few, slightly different versions.
I woke up at dawn and walked the road just outside the farm where we stayed. It felt good not to have a schedule and just be there to take in the landscape.