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- Size: 148 x 210 mm (A5)
- Format: Softcover
- Pages: 74 (63 Images)
- Publisher: Third Culture
- Publication Year: 2016
- Edition: 100
"Tadhana" is the first photobook from photographer Jean-Paul McAllan featuring a selection of photographs shot in the Philippines in early 2016.
'Tadhana' is a Tagalog word meaning ‘An invisible force that makes things happen beyond the control of mortals.’. McAllan has used an ancient Baybayin script to write 'Tadhana' on the front cover. He sees a resemblance in the four characters with the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire & Water, each of which have a heavy influence on the book's content. 'Tadhana' is harmoniously comprised of street photography, landscapes, portraits, and abstract images.
"Aptly titled Tadhana, the meaning of the word alludes to ‘an invisible force that makes things happen beyond the control of mortals.’ ...you might pick up on a similarity between the characters from the ancient Filipino Baybayin script that McAllan used to spell out Tadhana with the elements of ‘earth, water, fire, air’. The images, in turn, reflect the marriage between elements, where harmony is found in the meeting of seascapes and skylines, along with the contrasting earth around them. Showcasing a range of street photography, landscapes, portraits, and abstract images, Tadhana is set to delve into the deepest realm that film photography can offer. Indeed, the images offer a range of perspectives but are all linked by the 35mm film that they were shot with, allowing for a hint of consistency in an otherwise entirely diverse collection." - Emma Arnold (Acclaim Magazine)