Let­ter from the Ed­i­tor

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I love this is­sue largely be­cause it’s a great col­lec­tion of fash­ion pho­to­graphs. In “Freaks and Geeks” (p. 20), we pro­file six in­de­pen­dently-ran fash­ion brands that are note­wor­thy par­tic­u­larly be­cause of their youth-fo­cused aes­thetic and busi­ness savvy. The most dif­fi­cult and time-con­sum­ing chal­lenge of that se­ries of shoots was the cast­ing of mod­els. Each brand had a very spe­cific iden­tity, and cast­ing a vanilla model out of a mod­el­ing agency just wouldn’t do them jus­tice. It took us a while to get the boys and girls that felt right. Siobhan and Am­rit were shot a month apart, and Am­rit’s pho­tos came in just when we were about to close the is­sue.

“It Takes Two” (p. 34) was a pitch from pho­tog­ra­pher Koji Ar­boleda and stylist Vince Crisostomo. Koji e-mailed me a mood board with ref­er­ence pho­tos and th­ese lines: “Mock Look­book.nu.” “I re­ally don’t care, but I ac­tu­ally do.” “Takes-a-lot-of-ef­fort ef­fort­less.” “Me try­ing to wear my new Guc­cis.” “Me try­ing to wear my new Goshas.” I’m fa­mil­iar with Koji and Vince’s work, so I was sure they’d do a good job. What I don’t of­ten see, but I al­ways find in­ter­est­ing, is the cre­ative thought process, the back­bone of ideas and how they’re ar­tic­u­lated. For me, get­ting to wit­ness that is def­i­nitely a perk of be­ing an ed­i­tor.

“Take Me Out” (p. 40) felt more like an ad­ven­ture than an as­sign­ment. The story, pho­tographed by Scout regular Paolo Cro­dua, was shot in Makati and Pam­panga. The shoot started on a Thurs­day night, and fi­nally ended the fol­low­ing mid­night of that gru­el­ing Fri­day. The un­flag­ging en­ergy of our friend and muse Wanda Chen was re­mark­able. That you are in synch with the sub­ject you’re pho­tograph­ing is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment to a good pic­ture. Our cover sub­ject Iñigo Pas­cual is a great ex­am­ple. He’s as much a charm­ing face to pho­to­graph as he is a gen­uine and smart guy to get to know.

Apart from the fash­ion, we’re also fea­tur­ing three other pho­tog­ra­phers with very dif­fer­ent points of view. There is Rozette Rago who’s al­most al­ways deep in con­cert pits (p. 14), Mark Reay who’s nav­i­gat­ing the glam­orous labyrinths of New York fash­ion (p. 8), and Amanda Mus­tard (p. 12) whose pho­tog­ra­phy gives a voice to marginal­ized peo­ple. What­ever they choose to pho­to­graph, they make you re­al­ize that there are so many things out­side your own world to know and to be a part of—things to look for­ward to, ex­cept you don’t know what they are yet. Know that Tim­buk 3 song? The fu­ture’s so bright / I gotta wear shades.

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