Catching up with JC Gellidon

We talk about confinement, what it’s like being an artist in the Philippines and more

Charles Deluvio
May 16, 2020 · 7 min read
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Hey JC, A/S/L?

I started drawing when I was 6 — I do this as a hobby and don’t market myself as such. I started playing in bands since 2003 and have been involved in creating music ever since, whether it be in a band setting or working as a sound engineer. Currently, I play the drums for a band called Effinboiche. Aside from this, my main work and passion lie in filmmaking and photography. I usually shoot music videos, ads, lifestyle shoots, and events.

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JC Gellidon with his band: Then and now

On confinement 😷

How’s confinement been for you?

I’m currently exploring other aspects of my creative side. I’m able to work on my music projects with my band, which is a nice change from experiencing burnout when editing videos.

I also play my drums as loud as I can (nobody else lives on my floor since the lockdown, so that’s been fun!)

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What’s Manila like during the lockdown?

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Metro manila by JC Gellidon on Unsplash

What do you miss most about life (before confinement?)

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How do you think post-confinement will change you or your habits?

On the Philippines 🇵🇭

What do you think it takes to “make it” as an artist in the Philippines?

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What’s the art scene like in Manila? What would you say is distinctively Filipino?

I think that a lot of Filipino art tends to be political due to the unending corruption that keeps happening within our government. A lot of Filipinos are tired of that, and it shows through the different mediums they choose to express in. Living in an impoverished country, a lot of us have developed resiliency, which I consider part of our character. This seeps through our art in many ways.

Are Filipino artists supportive of each other, or are you generally left on your own?

This attitude doesn’t only happen within the art community, you will see this happen within corporate or any other job setting. I think it might be partly because we all need to make money. Like I mentioned, we live in a poor country — work isn’t as easy to come by. People out of desperateness need to find ways to get a leg up even if it means bringing others down.

How did you get into art?

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Portraits by JC Gellidon on Unsplash

What’s the hardest thing about being an artist in the Philippines?

Unfortunately, the photographers I do know that remain in the Philippines have needed to take other jobs, which takes time away from their true passion. In other countries, it seems like they understand the real value of a photograph. I wish clients paid more for our work so we could live off of our passion.

I dream about retiring in the Philippines one day. Can I?

On photography 📸

Following you on Unsplash and on social media, I can’t help but notice all of the high-end gear you own. How do you think that gear helps you in your career?

It’s really is a win-win situation for my clients and me.

You have shared almost 200 photos on Unsplash. Can you tell me about your first photo?

How would you describe your photography style?

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What are things you’d like to shoot that we’d never find on Unsplash?

Do you see yourself taking pictures forever?

Quickfire 🔥

Fav TV show to binge:

Top 3 movies:

Top 2 musical artists:

Filipino artists we should discover?

Fav thing to wear at home:

Last book you read?

Last thing you ordered on Amazon?

Have you learned anything about yourself during confinement?

Maraming salamat, JC. Ignat!

JC Gellidon is an independent photographer and a filmmaker based in Manila, Philippines. You can follow JC’s work on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube, and Unsplash.

His band, Effinboiche is on Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram. Kryptcync is on Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram.

This interview is part of a “working from home” series where we ask a few Unsplash contributors how their lives have changed in recent months, and how they’ve been adjusting to life indoors.

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