Hersley-Ven Casero


Hersley-Ven Casero’s series “The Gentle People that Live by the Sea” has been selected as one of the finalist in the 2022 Eyeshot Open Call series category.

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“The Gentle People that Live by the Sea”

Dumaguete City, fondly referred to as ‘The City of Gentle People,’ is home to islanders whose cultural identity is deeply intertwined with the salt and water of their surroundings.

This close-knit community has a profound connection to the sea, relying on it for nourishment, respite from the scorching tropical sun, inspiration, and abundant enjoyment. The ocean’s vibrant life is mirrored in the dynamic scenes unfolding along its shoreline, where time seems to ebb and flow with the rhythm of the tides.

In this leisurely setting, the community members find ample opportunities for play and revelry. Every day, the sea beckons them to indulge in its delights, and every moment of joy is worth capturing.

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The Gentle People that Live by the Sea

A Photographic Ode to Dumaguete City’s Treasures

In the photographic series “The Gentle People that Live by the Sea” by Hersley-Ven Casero, the photographer invites viewers to explore the ever-changing world and uncover the magic hidden within the mundane aspects of daily life.

With a keen eye for detail, the photographer captures the essence of this gentle community and the boundless possibilities it offers.

As the images reveal, the magic of Dumaguete City extends from the horizon to the depths of the sea, serving as a testament to the extraordinary beauty that can be found in the ordinary moments of life by the sea.

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Eyeshot Magazine #10 | Open Call Edition

This is the tenth issue of Eyeshot Magazine always in limited edition of 500 copies, showcasing the thoughtful and creative photographs of the 70 talented photographers who have been selected as the winners, jurors’ picks and finalists of the Eyeshot Open Call 2022. The artworks were chosen from over 6000 photographssubmitted from more than 100 different countries, making this a truly global showcase of street and documentary photography.

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The Photographer

Hersley-Ven Casero is a multidisciplinary visual artist and street & documentary photographer born and based in Dumaguete City, Philippines. His passion for photography began in college, where he was sponsored equipment and mentored by LA Times photographer Luis Sinco.

Upon graduating, Hersley conducted – along with his mentor, and Magnum photographer Eli Reed – a series of South Pacific Photography Workshops, and over the years has developed a reputation in his home city as a prolific and dynamic photographer, with his photographs featured in local, national and international publications. His long-term passion project is his ‘Catch a Moment’ street photography series, in which he catches split-second snapshots of elements aligning in humorous and uncanny ways in everyday life.

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Eyeshot Open Call 2022: Showcasing Global Talents

The 2022 Eyeshot Open Call saw the submission of over 6.000 photographs by incredibly talented photographers from over 100 different countries. With the participation on an extraordinary jury composed of Marco Savarese, founder and editor-in-chief of Eyeshot, Magnum photographers such as Trent Parke and Emin Özmen, leading representatives of street and documentary photography scene – Vineet Vohra, Siegfried Hansen, Koci Hernandez , Mark Abramson and Isadora Kosofsky – and winners of the World Press Photo Award – Narelle Autio and Kitra Cahana – these artworks were selected for their visual storytelling, creativity, and style in conveying their unique observations of contemporary reality.

Street and documentary photography feel the urgency to elevate the streets of the world into theaters without requiring humans to perform. In front of each of these images, you can mirror yourself. Or you can also just look at them.


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