|"Within each and everyone exists a "landscape," a "secret garden" where feelings and impressions thrive. We nourish this through our creative expressions--writing, painting, poetry, photography or by reflecting over the meaning of life. Keep
on nurturing your "Secret Garden," says Vics Magsaysay, Ph.D.,
whenever he facilitates workshops on photography.
Vics was born in Manila as a posthumous baby. Despite the absence of a father, his growing years were nurtured with such unceasing love from his mother. She was his father, best friend. mentor and confidante. (She passed away last April 2009) It is for this reason that Vics has become a self-taught photographer, painter, sculptor, graphic and furniture designer, writer and an alternative healer.
He studied chemical and civil engineering. His formal studies in the scientific field were soon replaced by his passion for creative expression catapulting him in the multi-faceted field of art. The conviction and enthusiasm to accelerate his learning curve prodded him to learn more about art through consistent and voracious reading of books and analyzing the works of the masters.
He was a consultant art director of a five-star hotel in Manila and at the same time worked in his graphic design outfit as a graphic designer and advertising photographer. In 1977, he was recommended by the hotel to assist a photographer from the popular German magazines, Stern and Geo. After a month of extensive shooting with the German photographer, the experience left an indelible mark in his consciousness. This newfound interest influenced him to explore Philippines natural beauty and peoples on and off through cross-country motorcyling with cameras and lenses tucked in his backpack.
Vics traveled to many countries to compile his stock shots which he sell to ad agencies, hotels and travel-related industries. His photos have been published in newspapers, travel magazines and coffee-table books in different parts of the globe.
After 20 years of designing and shooting, he started painting and doing sculptures in the early 90's and simultaneously studied different modalities of alternative healing like acupressure, pranic healing, use of herbs and mind dynamics.
He has had several one-man and group exhibitions in painting and sculptures in Asia and America. He is a contributing writer to several newspapers in the West Coast. Vics "Pool of Reflections" column delves on the mystique of life, people and nature. "Place of Tides: Visualisation using nature's energies," written by an Australian, Dr. Margaret Taplin, was published in 1999 using his nature photographs. He wrote a booklet, "Love Thoughts: A prescription for all our worries," a year after and before migrating to America. "The Power of Mentorship: Developing the Leader Within" by Don Boyer is now available. He co-authors with American mentor legends like Charlie"Tremendous" Jones, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, and many more. Despite these works, he still continues facilitating workshops in healing, photography and, now, what he called "P.I.P.E." (Psychological Induction for Personal Empowerment) for weight loss, goal-setting and removing deep-seated emotions, the root cause of many debilitating dis-eases. He has used this modality for weight loss and has received a number of testimonials for its simplicity and effectiveness. Vics holds a doctorate degree
in clinical hypnotherapy.
According to him, learning is a life-time process. He never fails to attend seminars, be it about transpersonal growth or new technologies in the art field using photo enhancement softwares and the likes. "Like in a classic zen anecdote, we must always humbly empty our cup if we want to receive more," he quips.
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Excerpts from an article in California Examiner,
August 5, 2005:
ON NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY by Vics Magsaysay
Life goes on a cycle of giving and receiving. This is a fact born from the dichotomy of reality--the yin and the yang, light and dark, right and wrong, and so on. Were it also not for the light and dark, photography wouldn't exist. Photography, like life, plays on the interplay of light and shadow. And this principle also gives light to why great nature photographers happen to capture or collect THE most beautiful nature photographs because they employ the principle of giving and receiving. Before one can receive, one has to give. It is as simple as that. These awesome photographers know this fact and some are not even aware about that nevertheless their utter reverence and love for nature thus bring the stunning photographs that we see on glossy coffee-table books, calendars, magazine covers, brochures and other media. Nature, in its veneer of silence, completes the cycle of giving and receiving by "luring" these photographers to capture jaw-dropping images at the right time and the right place.
...We have to "feel" Mother Nature. What I mean by this feel is being in a sort of resonance or synch with our subject, be it a person, a thing or a scene. This is also true with all great portraitists, architectural photographers...and, I think, with all photographers in their fields of specialization. In this kind of "feeling," our mind does not wander; it is in total isolation, so focused on our subject as if it is the only thing in life that exists. Eventually, there will come a time when we don't know we are still taking the picture. Both time and space disappear. In this very moment, we are not even sure if we are the one taking the picture...or is it our subject cueing us to what, how and when to click the shutter? Dont' ask me! I don't know. What I do know is that knowing is not important in that blessed moment. Only our consciousness is there, moving us, without thinking...clicking here and there. And voila! the reciprocity of our subject--nature--in all its sacredness and beauty, captured by our film or memory card. In this silence and extreme joy, all we can say is: "Amen." And..."THANK YOU!"