A Filipino Photographer on the Rise

Nemo Lagman’s Divya: A Photo Exhibition

Ms. Noemi Lagman, a student of Asia Pacific College studying Multimedia Arts has returned to the Philippines after a 6-month’s intensive filmmaking and photography internship in India. And with her return 180 days of visual memories captured on camera across the diverse Indian Landscape, from the deeply moving valley of Kashmir, to the plains of New Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai and the ancient temples of Mahabalipuram.

Noemi, now brings to Manila a carefully selected collection of her photographic journey across India, called – DIVYA. The series features her extensive photographic documentation of the deeply disturbed Kashmir Valley, where she found quite intensity of visuals and emotions in seemingly simplistic frames. The collection focuses on 40 special images taken in other places including the historic cities of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Delhi.

“DIVYA” is a Sanskrit word that can be roughly translated to mean “Divine Light”. India holds in itself a moving spiritual experience for those who want to find it. The country’s spirituality is not just in its temples and history of yore; today it is ingrained in its people, the way they perceive life, the way they treat each other, the way they include everyone in their personal experiences, just as the people of Kashmir and Delhi did with Noemi.

“In a country of a billion people, it wasn’t easy to be invisible, it was easy to get lost, easier to feel intimidated and overwhelmed. Yet I experienced trust and love where I expected fear and discomfort. I fell in love with that idea of a nation whose citizens never let their inner light fade in-spite of what they may be going through.” Says Noemi when asked to summarize her Indian experience briefly.

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