Inspired by Japanese Zen principles, New York-based Filipino photographer Carlos L. Esguerra’s contemplative landscapes have won numerous international accolades.
Forty-four of Esguerra’s landscapes will be on exhibit at the Atrium of Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) in Amstelveen, a suburb of metropolitan Amsterdam in the Netherlands, from June 6 to July 26. The Philippine Embassy and SVB organized the exhibit, sales of which will go to the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in the Netherland’s (UPAA-NL) project to digitize the UP-Diliman library.
His simple, uncluttered images of nature’s beauty have won him over 40 national and international prizes, including last year’s Pamana ng Pilipino Presidential Award. His photographs have been exhibited in many parts of the United States as well as Canada, Austria, France and Germany.
According to his Pamana ng Pilipino citation, he now has a growing group of loyal corporate and individual collectors in various parts of the world.
When he was chosen for the Pamana award, it was noted that “besides being an extraordinary photographer who has allowed the viewers to see the world more beautifully through his lyrical eyes, Esguerra has been an artist who has selflessly supported many charities.”
Esguerra studied business and economics at the University of the Philippines and obtained his MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He worked for more than 30 years as a programmer analyst for IBM Corporation in New York and later founded his own company, CLE Systems Inc. Upon retirement in 2003, he devoted more time to his passion for photography.
He had received numerous national and international awards from juried competitions in the United States, Canada, Austria, France, Germany, Sweden and the Philippines.
For anyone who is interested in supporting the UPAA-NL’s project, you may preview the photographs on the gallery, “Contemplative Landscape,” in Esguerra’s website at www.carlosesguerra.com.