October 14, 2017 Comments Off on The Gangs of Baseco by Veejay Villafranca
The Gangs of Baseco by Veejay Villafranca
It's been a while since my last post! I'm sorry so much. Anyways, here I am again. Hoping to get the ball rolling and keeping the consistency of posting really nice documentary photography with ghetto tattoos, homemade tattoos, not so good looking tattoos, whatever you want to call them. I don't care about that. For me, it's more about the impact of the work of the photographers I showcase. This time around it's time to talk about Veejay Villafranca.
I found Veejay's work last year and really connected with it. You may already know from previous posts that I'm a freak doing photography research. Spending plenty of time looking to discover photographers work that are new to me, not necessarily for the rest of the world. While on it one night, I found online the title The Gangs of Baseco by Veejay Villafranca and I was like hmm this sounds interesting. So I instantly clicked, whatever article it was, and found this amazing documentary reportage of a little gang from Baseco, a slum on Manila's port area, in the Philippines. This was the most feared group on this area and they went by the name Chinese Mafia Crew.
My interest was of course the ghetto tattoos I found on the individuals within the images of the article but there's so much more to see, learn and understand from them. The gang liked to rap, dance, and have fun doing blow. They made a living selling drugs, stealing and pick pocketing all over their living place. But that was until a big fire happened destroying their homes. Seems like they lost a lot. From my research, it seems like this was a huge turnaround for them so they took this negative experience to turn their lives around. Since the fire, they decided to change and moved their lives from crime to living an honest path in society.
For more you can check out Veejay's website. In the following link you can find The Gangs of Baseco. And if you like, you can take a look at some of my other posts like this one by Donald Weber or this other favorite by Kenneth Paik.........and of course my Instagram @notbuenoclub.