Made With Leica #17 Nico Sepe
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Nico Sepe is a photographer from the Philippines. In his photo series “Simply Sri Lanka” Nico Sepe shows the everyday life on the island state with striking black and white images.
Nico Sepe About Photography and Equipment
Can you tell us something about you and your fascination for photography?
Nico Sepe from the Philippines. I’ve been a photographer for the last 25 years. Worked with the major newspapers. Did freelance work mostly documentaries for Non Government Organizations. I’m currently based in Bangkok Thailand doing Cultural Documentary.
Photography is my life, it keeps me sane and focussed when I’m at it. It started during the waning years of Marcos dictatorship documenting the lives of the oppressed making photography a tool to help.
Why did you choose Leica as your favorite tool, why did you choose your current equipment?
When I started with photography I’ve always been fascinated by fully manual cameras, non-battery dependent, cameras that you can take anywhere without cables and batteries. This is the reason why I chose to use Leica for its dependability and has been with me ever since same body, same set of lenses, and it will stay that way as long as there’s film to buy or maybe M9 if there’s a luck to buy it.
A short description about the images we are presenting?
The collection is a part of an exhibition entitled “Simply Sri Lanka” which I mounted in the capital city Colombo in 2007 before I left the country. This exhibition is not the usual postcard images but more an interpretation of the ordinary . Sri Lanka is rich in images, images that you can see everyday, images that are taken for granted. It’s so special because you can find them only in Sri Lanka.
The photographs collected are from all over the country. From the southern tip of Mirissa to northern most part of Jaffna. Small scale fishers, women, children, farmers, from Anuradhapura to Sri Pada and the city life of Colombo.