Weaving has been an integral part of Cordilleran culture – from woven tapestries and garments to woven rice straws for baskets, accessories, and tools. In Kidlat de Guia’s exhibit, entitled “Araw-araw, Habi-habi”, he takes photography to a different level by weaving photographs instead.
We’re no stranger to Kidlat’s work as he had previously exhibited his fascinating technique in an exhibit, entitled Engkwentro, last year. But the feeling of seeing his works again is still as magical as the first time.
To recap, he takes two photographic prints and merges them by slicing them horizontally and vertically and then interlocking them together. The prints he pairs together either contrast or complement each other, and the end image is simply exquisite.
According to Kidlat de Guia, he wanted to stay true to the traditional process of photography, when it comes to printing and development. But he wanted to add his own twist, which he achieved by weaving them together. And his works have gained renown nationwide.
Kidlat’s biggest piece is entitled “Habi ng Buhay”, and he admits it was a feat that was too great for him, so he collaborated with Jason Domling, who is a true master when it comes to weaving.
More than just a hobby, Kidlat de Guia’s photographs are statement pieces that giving new twists and life to traditional methods and mediums can result to something amazing.