Aidx the 17
I first met this young fellow a year ago during a photography workshop by noted wedding and fashion photographer Eight Espino. At first he seemed like a curious teenager aching to snap some shots and get a feel of a trendy hobby.
But far from his youthful appearance, 17-year old Aidx Paredes is the current boy wonder of local photography his passion and individual sense of style is winning him fans from young netizens to appreciative fashionistas.
He has been featured in online magazines (Zone and Stached) and has been commissioned to do fashion shoots for Davao’s top fashion stores Pickled Pink and Soul Lifestyle, an extraordinary feat for a teen photographer.
|For Zone mag|
“I started back when I was 14” recalls Aidx when I dropped in at the opening of his photo exhibit at Lions Reggae Bar at Juan Luna.
“I was inspired by photos of other people from the ones I’ve seen in Flickr, Multiply and Tumblr.” Aidx said. The young teen was enamoured of the images he had seen in photo sharing sites and decided to try the craft.
Among the ones he idolized were David Guison, Mark Nicdao, Tricia Gosingtian, Australian Nirrimi and former Ateneo de Davao’s top fotog and personal mentor Jose Miguel Santillan.
|Aidx with JM "roadblock" Santillan|
He describes his images as a mix of the dark side and the light side, literally and figuratively. He pointedly explains that when one sees the light, the photo is really dark, when one sees the dark side it is really light.
He admits that most of those who have seen his photos do not really understand his images. “But according to my followers sa internet, it’s beautiful.” He tells the writer.
Aidx already has a legion of followers and admirers; he has frequently visited pages in his website the Young Blood Tumblr account.
A pretty enigma is how I describe Aidx’s photos, lovely and moody, a free flow of artistic luminescence plus a mixture of youthful creative streak and artistic talent. Exuding a certain character that stands out to be noticed.
|Katrin Su for Aidx Photography|
As for getting ideas from his shoot Aidx share the fact that he gets ideas from some photographers then innovate it. “I want their pics with my style in it.” He says. When he gets a hunch of an idea you will find him shooting with his models. He says that one of his frequent collaborators is his idol JM Santillan.
Some of his photos are mostly heavy contrast monochromes or Lomograph-inspired photos for his colored works.
“I shoot in natural ambient light, I do not use strobes, I use pop up flashes.” Aidx describes his shooting styles. As for shooting locations his preferences are outdoors. He has his trusty camera, a Canon 550D DSLR.
As for his models he picks his classmates and friends to become his subjects. But he particularly names L.A. Subido as his muse.
Aidx who is currently taking up Mass Communications at Ateneo de Davao would love to continue his passion after his studies particularly focusing on advertising. He also has three goals he aims to achieve before he turns 20.
|With his Soul Lifestyle family Mimi and Jun Tupas and James Bautista|
“Before 18, I would like to do a photo exhibit, before 1, shoot a short film and before 20 shoot an editorial.” He bares his plans. And with his exhibit attended by close friends, clients, fans, admirers and mentors Aidx has completed his first goal, and with the way this young lad is going he could achieve his two other goals in a not so-distant future.
|at the exhibit|
|Aidx sandwiched by this writer (left) and filmmaker/graphic artist Bagane Fiola|
For Durian Central Sunstar Davao
photos by Aidx Paredes
special thanks to Bagsy Fiola, Wrap Meting and JM Santillan