Monday, June 21, 2021

Lester 'Shukz' Makilan: Capturing moments

LEN'S man Lester "Shukz" Makilan strengthens his optimism even though the prevailing circumstances are tough citing the Covid-19 pandemic that changes a bit his way of life.

His source of employment involves traveling, but with the pandemic, it has slowed down.

But Shukz is chasing the future with enthusiasm and fascination, showing his resilience amidst pandemic.

He shows his colorful spirit with the use of his camera lens to vent out life's simple charm and loveliness by capturing the sweet smiles, natural actions, and tendencies of ordinary and extraordinary people, who also find their respective means on how to stave off life's challenges by engaging in modest means of fun and enjoyment through biking and other forms of outdoor recreation.

He is someone who never gives up on life's challenges, but in fact, he creates meaningful opportunities and moments during the pandemic wherein many people get to enjoy life's simple pleasures, discover fun gestures, messages and camaraderie through his camera lens.

Shukz simply sits or positions his camera even beside the famous Badyang wherein he can privately take photos of bikers who are coming to and from their biking destination.

He spends time and effort to come to Granada in Bacolod City almost every day to take random photos of bikers and joggers who enjoy the stillness of the morning with the vast panoramic view of the mountains that allow early risers to witness the sun rising in the East.

Shukz captures these precious moments enjoyed by these bikers and even led them to create photogenic poses.

So far, the most photographed community now is the biking community, a vast and friendly community that was strengthened by the pandemic.

Shukz has seen how his camera lens created simple joys, put smiles on people's faces, strengthened friendships, and enabled food businesses to mushroom in Granada and Alangilan, which are labeled as the biking hubs of Bacolod City.

When Shukz positions to click his camera, it sends signals to the bikers to get ready for their most action-packed, funny, beautiful, and exciting poses that will pleasingly seize the subject's best moments.


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