Col­ors of Ys­abel Ca­cho’s trav­els

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Ys­abel "Ysa" Ca­cho show­cases a se­ries of travel pho­to­graphs taken from dif­fer­ent parts of the world to form a gra­di­ent of hues — rang­ing from black to blue to yel­low — in “Snap­shot of Col­ors of My Trav­els,” which is on view at Dis­cov­ery Primea, Ayala Ave., Makati City.

The show doesn’t de­pict your typ­i­cal tourist shots of typ­i­cal tourist at­trac­tions. Ca­cho prefers to fo­cus on seem­ingly or­di­nary parts of her en­vi­ron­ment and uses dif­fer­ent an­gles or crop­ping tech­niques. She uses those skills to em­pha­size that no mat­ter where you go, “there is an oc­ca­sional burst of color if you ac­tu­ally look for it.”

“’Col­ors of My Trav­els’ may be ar­ranged by col­ors not by date, but that doesn’t make it any less au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal,” said Ysa.

A copy­writer in a re­spectable ad agency in New York, Ysa had al­ways wanted to study in a top arts school in the US, be a copy­writer, work in an ad agency or mag­a­zine, live in New York and mount an ex­hibit. All these she was able to pur­sue by at the age of 24.

While this is her first solo show, it is not her first ex­hi­bi­tion. Back in 2014, Ysa ex­hib­ited her works in La­coste, a small town in Provence, France. In a way, the French coun­try­side in­spired this ex­hi­bi­tion.

But what makes this dif­fer­ent from a typ­i­cal travel ex­hibit is Ysa’s own words. With her back­ground as a copy­writer, she has an abil­ity to take you to places with her, with­out los­ing her dry sense of hu­mor. Ysa doesn’t tell you what to think about each pho­to­graph; she merely de­scribes the sit­u­a­tion she was in when she pressed the shut­ter.

“When you rent a bike in Bruges, there are so many ex­cit­ing things to see other than this red roof. But here it is,” Ysa writes of “Bruges in Red,” which fea­tures — you guessed it — a bright red and worn-out roof.

A few days af­ter the open­ing night of “Col­ors of My Traels,” Ysa headed back to New York for work only to be stranded in Hong Kong due to the snow­storm. With both her trusty cam­era and dry sense of hu­mor, she joked: “Maybe this is a sign to do a ‘Col­ors of My Trav­els’ se­quel.”

“Col­ors of My Trav­els” by Ys­abel Ca­cho doesn’t de­pict your typ­i­cal tourist shots of typ­i­cal tourist at­trac­tions.

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