Celebrity photographer Mark Nicdao was honored by the luxury car brand Maserati as one of its “People of Passion” last year, along with other individuals “whose passion brings excellence to their work, which in turn creates a ripple of change to the communities they touch.”
This year, Maserati and Mark collaborated on a photo exhibit that showcased, for a change, Mark’s nature photography, instead of his celebrity portraits and fashion shoots.
All the photos in the exhibit, titled X-Ray, were taken in Iceland back in 2016, when Mark had a fashion shoot there.
The well-traveled photographer, who slept his way through location changes, said he had no clue on what Iceland could offer. Little did he know that his journey to the Nordic island country would also be his journey to rediscover himself.
“You know, right at that time, I was halfway through my spiritual therapy,” Mark said in his speech at the exhibit opening. “I was trying to cure myself, but I never thought a place could help out really fast. The minute I got there, it was already a different kind of air. It gave me something, like, I rediscovered my passion.
“I don’t know, I think I lost my passion [for photography] for a time. I was just too stressed out or too anxious. So, being there, it changed my point of view about things.”
Mark’s exhibit ran from January 26 to February 2.
x-RAy (MARK NICDAo Photo exhIbIt) AutostRADA MotoRe INC. showRooM the wellINgtoN CeNtRe boNIfACIo globAl CIty CoMPlex, tAguIg CIty JANuARy 26, 2018 “This is my second soul,” Mark said of his photo exhibit. “Each photograph, I showed it, and I’m sharing this because it’s something I don’t do much. I don’t share so much of my feelings… Right now, since I rediscovered my passion, I guess I’m coming up with more. It’s like a bottle, and it opened. It’s overflowing.”
With Mark are (L-R) surfer Paolo Soler; Jason Soong, executive director of Autostrada Motore Inc.; Alexi de Claro of Hope in a Bottle, a brand of purified drinking water; TV host Marc Nelson; and event host Kelley Day.
The group posed for the ceremonial checkgiving between Maserati and the Generation Hope Foundation, as proceeds from Mark’s exhibit have been earmarked for the construction of classrooms, with the Generation Hope Foundation as the conduit.
Carla Humphries (left) and Solenn Heussaff goofed for the YES! photographer.
The exhibit, called X-Ray, was a collection of 26 untitled photographs that were all taken in the island country of Iceland back in September 2016.