We had the good fortune of connecting with Roland Guballa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roland, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Manila, Philippines. My family immigrated to North America back in 2004. I was only 13 years old then. Growing up, my parents would always remind me that kindness and humbleness goes a long way. They taught me how to be generous towards people and to empathize to those who are often misunderstood by the society. Everybody has their own turmoil to battle so instead of judging people, my parents would constantly remind me to open up my heart and understand their feelings better.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Before I began my photography career, I used to be a nursing student for 3 years. At that time, I would frequently take photos of my friends and family as my way of copping with anxiety and stress from nursing school. It literally became my therapy. I then started to contemplate if I can do photography as a career as I enjoy it very much. But of course, I was hesitant to do it because I don’t know how my parents would react. Are they going to be upset? Or worse, are they going to disown me and feel ashamed that they have a son that didn’t finish nursing? All these thoughts were running through my head at that time. My anxiety levels were through the roof! Eventually in the end, after having a heartfelt confession, they accepted my decision to switch programs. I am very thankful and blessed to have such understanding and loving parents! To this day, I am glad that I chose photography as my career.
Currently, my main focus in photography is to document my journey towards this road called life. Whether it’d be the streets, portraits, or weddings, I’d like to be able to record and share things to the world. I want people to see how I perceive the world through my lens.
In addition, I also enjoy the process of taking raw/organic portraits of people that I find interesting. Getting to know someone’s character in depth and to be able to tell a story is something that I would like to illustrate on my work.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would just like to thank my family who supported me to pursue my passion in photography!