#streetsofchrome Featured Photographers: Lance Manuel
Arashiyama Forest, Kyoto, Japan. The first time WeFXD went on tour outside the country.
LANCE MANUEL: Streets of Chrome Photographer
Since we launched #streetsofchrome two years ago, it’s taken on a life of it’s own. Great street photographers and brands from around the world tag their images with it, and we’re excited to feature some of their inspiring work here. Every photographer we feature was found via #streetsofchrome. Great street photography captures something essential about the city and the people who live in it. The city is full of possibility and inspiration, and our Featured Photographers each see the city in a different way. We’re proud to share their vision with you.
Lance Manuel – @lancermanuel
Where do you live?
Metro Manila, Philippines
When did you start shooting, and why?
My interest in photography started in 2008 when it became a subject back when I was studying in college. I have been shooting purely just for fun. In 2012 my interest in cycling grew, and I felt that cycling and photography go hand in hand. I started to take it a bit more serious when I cofounded a website together with a few of my friends who I met through cycling. That was what pushed me to invest in a nice camera and shoot more. I want to share how fun and active the fixedgear cycling culture here in Manila is through our website.
During our stay in Tokyo, we were invited to take part in a monthly track weekend at the Kawasaki Velodrome in Kawasaki City, Japan.
It is home to both local amateur and professional Keirin racers.
What are your go-to subjects? What do you love to shoot?
The urban cycling scene and the culture surrounding it. I love to take photos of bikes and portraits of people in an urban environment. If given more opportunities I would like to shoot more lookbooks for streetwear brands. I also shoot landscapes or architectural stuff from time to time, I want to be versatile as much as possible. As long as it amuses me, I’ll take a photo of it.
Tell us more about levitation. Why does it fascinate you?
You can do aerial shots without a use of a drone, how awesome is that?
What don’t you leave the house without?
My phone, my old pointandshoot, and my driver’s license just for id purposes.
One of the most recent races here in the Philippines held in Daang Hari (translated King’s Road)
with 239 competitors going head to head under scorching heat and rolling hills from Cavite to Alabang.
What inspires you?
The local cycling community.
Do you prefer shooting friends or strangers?
I prefer both. Each has their own pros and cons. Shooting friends is fun because you are more comfortable with them and they know your style and the process of how you take photos which makes a shoot easier. On the other hand, shooting strangers is also very important because it helps me grow as a photographer, It helps me practice my social skills and increase my confidence in communicating with my subject which is a very essential part of photography.
What else do we need to know?
Peep out our website TheBreakaway.ph. It’s a passion project born out of our love for Manila’s fixed gear scene.
As the urban cycling community grows, different brands emerge.
From components to apparel, these brands take inspiration from the fixed gear lifestyle culture.
Deadways and freeways
JEPROX — a track frame born out of a collaboration of three of the biggest names in the Philippine fixed gear scene.
Every year we visit Albay, Bicol to organize an Alleycat race with checkpoints spread-out across Legazpi City.
The annual race is a tribute to our departed friend and fellow cyclist who is a Legazpi local.
Always trust your local bike courier.
Metro Manila’s traffic situation is getting worse by the day.
The need for bikes and bike lanes are getting more and more significant.