Kalandrakas, what is?

April 5, 2006 — the day Kalandrakas was born!

But, what is Kalandrakas?


It was two months after since I started working in Japan that I got my first digital camera, a Sony DSC-R1.  I was taking pictures of almost everything: from plants to animals,  macros to landscapes, festivals to cosplays.

Minato-mirai in Yokohama

When I signed up on Flickr, I had a hard time choosing a screen name since I didn’t want to use my real name. During that time, I was still involved in the company’s bi-annual newsletter named Kalandrakas.

The word kalandrakas means variety or miscellaneous in Cebuano or Bisaya, my local dialect in the Philippines.

Because my photos were so random, I was thinking it would be nice to use this word as my screen name. So there, the Kalandrakas photography was born.


During the first year, I’d been trying to shoot a variety of subjects. There were times that I wanted to focus on one subject, but after some time, I changed to another.

After a year, I got a new camera, a Nikon D80. I then started going out to public places to shoot.  The place that I often used to visit before was Harajuku. It was actually in this place I started to love street photography.


In streets, everything is quick and random.  Sometimes it’s frustrating, but once you capture raw and candid moments, it just  feels great.

Right now, I have a Nikon D700,  that works very well with low-light — perfect for street photography during the night.

I might stick to street photography for a while, ‘coz in the streets, the world is so kalandrakas.

Happy 3 years to me as a photographer!


Achievements of Kalandrakas:

Dec. 9 –  JapanToday: Picture of the day
Dec. 22 – Metropolis issue 665: Photo of the week
Dec. 30 – first studio shoot (s0lo)

Apr. 18 – JapanToday: Picture of the Day
Apr. 19 – created the FTPS group (with Naoto)
June 9 – JapanToday: Picture of the Day
June 29 – Metropolis issue 692: Photo of the week
July 6 – Metropolis issue 693: Photo of the week
July 22 – JapanToday: Picture of the Day

Apr. 21 – Kabayan: Fil-Am Fotogs Photographer of the Week
June 23 – Kabayan: Fil-Am Fotogs Photographer of the Week

Mar. 13 – Harajuku photos featured on Gym Class  magazine
Mar. 25-29 – Bayanihan: A Photo Exhibit

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  1. congrats jes.. 100 more years for kalandrakas!!!! cheers! :D

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 1:53 am | Permalink
  2. Thank you , Res. You’ve been an inspiration.

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 2:03 am | Permalink
  3. vanvan

    congrats jess! keep up the good work and explore more! XD

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 11:04 am | Permalink
  4. gracey

    Happy 3 years!! congrats!! yaw nya mi kalimti kung musikat naka ha?! ;))

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  5. wow! you’ve come a long way jess!

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
  6. Van, Grace, & Anton: Thank you!

    Actually, it has just begun. I still have a long journey ahead.

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
  7. CONGRATZ JESS, more 3×3 years to come..keep it up!i like spider on the web..cheers.

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
  8. As in jess, you’ve achieved a lot in 3 years jud. congratulations and good luck to more years in photography. I think it’s what you were meant to do jud. :)

    Posted April 7, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
  9. RC

    ka drama bah ani with history paman gyud.. heheh nice one jitorrii!!!

    Posted April 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  10. ice

    wow, 3 year!!! congrats jeslee :)

    Posted April 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  11. happy 3 yrs jess. hehe parang kelan lang tau nagkakilala online.

    as what ive told, you are one of my inspirations

    Posted April 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Permalink
  12. amy

    congrats jetlee! =) keep it up!

    Posted April 11, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink