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Dave Carswell analyzes the soul of the true Filipino culture

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Dave Carswell says about himself:

“I am an Australian photographer currently based in Melbourne. I like bright shirts, medium format cameras and photography with soul.When I am not shooting you can sometimes find me at Melbourne By Foot or Caddie Magazine.”

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About ‘Dancing in the Shadows‘:

Australian photographer Dave Carswell is launching his first monograph ‘ Dancing in the Shadows ’ in Melbourne on the 11th of January 2018. The book is a photographic journey into DIY and make shift basket ball culture in the Philippines covering urban and provincial spaces within the archipelago.

Carswell, in two years of production of this project, was particularly attracted by the pragmatism of the Filipino people and their devotion to basketball. Basketball remains one of the most important after-effects of the country’s colonial past and a ubiquitous visual reminder of the strong contemporary identity of the nation. While the construction of the basketball court remains a catchy topic, Carswell believes the court is also a hallmark of everyday Filipino resistance in the battle for public space.

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The local basketball court stands as a staunch counterpoint to the privatization of the land and remains firmly in the hands of the everyday Filipino, even if it’s very existence can be fleeting and constantly under threat .

“The title ‘ Dancing in the Shadows ’ is a double entendre referencing how the game is stategised to utilize shade in the bla zing tropical sun as well as the notion that the game flourishes even in the shadows of the countries self – serving elite. “

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www.davecarswell.com