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Fine Art Photography Meets Raw Emotion At British Photographer Justin James Wright's Exhibition

10 Oct 2013

One of Justin Wright's atmospheric images of a Manila market stall 

British photographer Justin James Wright will hold a fine art photographic exhibition at the ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum this month.

Resilience: The Isla Pulo Community runs from 17 October to 3 November 2013.  Through a series of poignant, fine art photographs, the exhibit takes you into the heart of the people of Isla Pulo – an impoverished community of roughly 1,000 people – on the shores of Manila Bay.

Wright takes you on a journey to a surreal place of strength amid squalor, perseverance despite poverty, and resolve, above ruin.  Through his lens, he allows viewers to step into everyday life situations within the community, and enables them to feel the raw emotion captured in the moment.

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Ambassador Designate Asif Ahmad congratulated Mr Wright on his first exhibition in the Philippines, “The Philippines is a source of inspiration for many artists, and it is exciting to see more and more fellow Britons coming here. The exhibit’s title, ‘Resilience’, encapsulates the Filipino spirit that I have seen over the 10 years that I have visited the country. We are grateful to the Ayala Museum for hosting talented artists from all over the world, including from the UK. This collaboration is another great way to celebrate Philippine-British Friendship Week this October.”

“Mr Wright’s photographs showcase British creativity. People in the Philippines can see British talent not just in museums but also in their daily lives through fashion, music, film and literature,” Mr Ahmad added.    

ArtistSpace is located at the ground floor of the Ayala Museum Annex, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt, Makati City.  Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information and to see previous photographs, please visit

Mr Wright’s exhibit is part of ‘This is Great Britain’, a five-month celebration of the best of British business and culture which encompasses Philippine-British Friendship Week, among other exciting events.



About This is Great Britain:

‘This is Great Britain’ is a five-month celebration of the best of British business and culture, building mutual prosperity and deeper friendship with the Philippines.

A series of events from film premiers, to screened performances from the highly acclaimed National Theatre, to trade shows, business networking, celebrations of food, encouraging entrepreneurs, fashion and education will culminate in a 3-day festival on Bonifacio High Street in March 2014. The season of events start in the week of 20 October which marks Philippine-British Friendship Day.

Details of the various events and how you can get involved can be found at the British Embassy Manila Facebook page, Twitter (@ukinphilippines) and website ( Interested parties may contact the GREAT events team at

‘This is Great Britain’ is organised by the British Embassy Manila, UK Trade & Investment, British Chamber of Commerce Philippines, British Council and British Alumni Association. The campaign is co-presented by Bonifacio Global City and Bonifacio High Street.

About Justin James Wright:

With a respected background in the fields of engineering and infrastructure, having been at the helm of several large-scale projects both in the Philippines and abroad, Wright catches you off-guard with the sensitivity of his work. Sublime and stoic all at once, his photographs reveal a passion for looking beyond the obvious poverty situations, into deeper truths: Strength, fortitude, the ability to rise above. The spirit of resilience.

Having pursued photography throughout his life, Justin became a semi-professional lensman in 2006. In 2010, he took his love for the art to the next level, and devoted himself full-time to capturing typical life scenes in challenging socio-economic conditions. 

He has lived in the Philippines since 1998, and is no stranger to the harsh realities frequently endured by many. Driven by a desire to help such communities, Justin creates an awareness and supportive interest though his photos. On print, he gives his subjects a voice.

Through masterful technique and skilful employ of light and shadow, composition and texture, Justin sets the stage for a truly unique, powerful experience. Website

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