Ennuh Tiu, Philippines
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…
― Alfred Lord Tennyson
Being forced into isolation has made time move in a different way—minutes turn to hours, months turn to years. I have feelings of being displaced, despite being in one place for the majority of the year. I long of days past and wish for the year to go by faster. Some days, I still can’t believe this is happening. Or is it really happening? Sometimes, I still refuse to believe it. I feel like a ghost doomed to haunt one place forever.
Close to my artist name, one word comes to mind when being asked to describe the state I’m feeling right now, ennui. It’s not that things aren’t exciting, on the contrary, a lot of exciting things are happening, but I’m not able to experience them in their full form because of the limitations.
In this series, I can make-believe and dream of an imaginary year. I re-imagine a different story— of another me in a parallel universe, freely enjoying the world. With this, I embrace feelings I still haven’t come to terms with.
Ennuh Tiu is a Creative Strategist and freelance photographer based in Manila, Philippines. She is an alumna of De La Salle University–Manila where she had film photography as one of the major subjects. Here, she learned how to shoot, process and print her photos the analog way. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when she fell in love with the medium and has been shooting mostly analog for her work ever since. She has worked with local brands such as Tiediet, Museo Clothing, and international brands such as Dr. Martens for their local campaign–Tough As You. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Philippine Star (Young Star) and Scout Magazine. She has done various speaking engagements about her work in the previous years both online and in events.
Presently, she is a Lomography Brand Ambassador, one of the partners at Tiny Print Room—a printing studio, and one of the founding members of We Want Film—a non-profit film photography group based in Manila. She recently released a group zine with 3 other artists, ‘Saturdays Are Not the Same Anymore’, which was selected as one of the zines for showcase on the Bangkok Art Book Fair 2020.