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Ria Kristina Torrente
She is always in a state of constant departure. Currently based in Manila, she takes pictures and writes on certain occasions. | https://riatorrente.format.com

Unexpectedly hearing an old tune from New Order on a mid-morning after a boring routine somehow pulled me back to recover myself, cling on to uncertain hopes, and not to be too hard on my passive-aggressive self

Untitled, 2020 © Ria Kristina Torrente, Philippines
Untitled, 2020 © Ria Kristina Torrente, Philippines
Repetitions, 2020

Nostalgia is denial — denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is golden age thinking — the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one’s living in — it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.” — Midnight in Paris (dir. Woody Allen)

Nostalgia…


Inspired by Aperture Foundation’s blog entry last April about The Photographer’s Playlist, I made a “mixtape” of songs on Spotify that inspire my visual expression, move my soul, and nourish my vulnerable emotions.

Monochromatic Ecstatic, 2017 © Ria Kristina Torrente, Philippines
Monochromatic Ecstatic, 2017 © Ria Kristina Torrente, Philippines
Monochromatic Ecstatic, 2017

I have consumed pop music for most of my life. The only genre I haven’t really paid attention to, sadly, is classical music. My taste in music varies and depends on my mood especially when I need to concentrate while working or just basically zone out and get lost in my thoughts.

Music was my first love in a sense where I just purely enjoy listening rather…


The Solitary Unfolding between Human and Nature

Dedicated street photographers have mastered a certain aesthetic — the composition, color, and subject — that shaped the saturated and similar semblances of street photography.

The difference lies in such photographers’ context. Does the photographer come from the same culture or an outsider? Is he or she a mere observer or a disruptor of the subject’s personal space? How extensive is the photographer of his or her worldviews? Or is there not an awareness after all?

Street photography in Bahrain is not exempted from the “aesthetic” that has become a universal template. …


“Constellation” — Beyond the Flat Surface

Australian visual artist Catherine Evans deconstructs the nature of a photograph from a two-dimensional form to a structure that extends beyond the frame through her series Constellation.

Most of us are hardwired to look at a photograph in its two-dimensional nature. As viewers, we can easily perceive what it intends to express or represent. While the quality of photography and photographs continue to evolve throughout the course of the digital era, the experiential response remains the same.

An encounter with one of the works of Catherine Evans titled Constellation challenges one’s perception of how a photograph can transcend the limits…


Turning Points, Photobooks, and Trailing a (Photography) Path Less Pursued

One of the very first things I did when I came to Bahrain in 2017 was to look for a photography/artist community . I left Manila a bit dismayed because I was already starting to immerse myself more into creative activities and meeting like-minded individuals.

There was a cathartic realization that the kind of photography I want to pursue will be beyond its technical and aesthetic aspects that are often viewed and misunderstood under commercial form (I would like to expound on this matter in another article); that understanding visual language and creating narratives out of photographs would be a…


Becoming, Transforming, and Arriving at Epiphanies

I will not be narrating how I started with photography, when I first picked up the camera or what kind of photographer I wanted to be before I arrived at where I am now in my practice and how it became instrumental in knowing myself better.

All I am aware of since I was young is that I want to become an artist and be able to freely express myself. But I was always never confident at expressing myself and with my decisions even when I was pursuing my other dream of becoming a writer or a poet.

While photography…

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