Jaypee Capiral: Communicating with the World
Photographs: Jaypee Capiral
Words: Scott Herder
Most photographers aspire to make images that do more than just show a pretty picture. Rather they strive to communicate a message or a feeling. Through his stunning black and white images and excellent use of contrast and leading lines, Jaypee Capiral is able to make the viewer feel homesick, nostalgic, and even a strong sense of desire.
“I’m not an outspoken person, so through my photos I wanted to show emotions that I normally can’t express through words.”
Originally hailing from the Philippines, Capiral shares his voice of being an expat in a foreign land and one who can see the world of wonder in a child. In four short years Capiral’s passion for photography has been his haven. A place for him to grow, explore, and most importantly, connect with others while living in Gwangju.
Capiral is a visual storyteller. Putting his heart and soul into each image by sharing with the viewer deep and intimate feelings about how he longs for connection with his family and loved ones back in the Philippines. These aren’t just pretty images for the sake of enjoying them. They are touching expressions of how Capiral sees and experiences the world he is living in. Being an expat myself I can connect strongly with his some of his more “gloomy” image of the rain trickling down against a window.
“When you’re working overseas miles away from home you can’t help but to feel gloomy and missing your family you left behind. You have to wait for months or years to be with them again, feeling like you’re stuck somewhere, just like the mood of this one rainy Sunday afternoon”
But not all of his images are of a longing for home, friends and family. Capiral has a child like wonder that is able to see scenes that others might not. Where Capiral is able to have the nostalgic memory of simpler times. Of being a child and not having a care in the world.
“I felt like how delightful it is to be a child again, free of worries, free of stress.”
Capiral came to South Korea through the Employment Permit System (EPS) for a chance at a new start. He currently is working at a car company that supplies car parts for Kia Motors. But for Capiral it was a fresh start that led to an unexpected need for photography.
“One of my friends told me about EPS, and we thought this was our chance to start a new career overseas.”
As expected when moving abroad the transition has had its challenges. The biggest challenge is working in South Korea’s “빨리 빨리” or “hurry hurry” culture: Korea’s ideology of get there fast, or finish it quickly. The long hours and hectic work pace has made photography an important escape for Capiral.
“Photography is my form of relaxation, to refresh my tired mind and body.”
What began as a hobby, where Capiral would teach himself from online sites, his passion for photography and connection with others led him to join many photography groups in Seoul. It was here that his passion really helped him grow.
The groups gave him a community and a place where he can ask more experienced photographers questions about cameras, techniques, and photography on his pursuit of making better images.
Capiral believes that Korea’s rich culture, along with music and fashion scene has a definite influence on his photography and while he is extremely excited about how it has helped developed his skills, he still thinks there’s no place like home.
“Being here in Korea I got the chance to meet and work with different people from different countries, different cultures and that has a big influence for my self-growth and development. But still, nothing compares with the culture I was born into and grew up with.”
For more of Jaypee Capiral’s work visit his account on 500px