From waterfalls to mountaintops, rivers to rice terraces, the subjects of Bengy Toda’s photography all possess an inherent sense of grandness. Nature is bigger than all of us, he seems to say with every snapshot, the acquisition of which often takes miles of trekking. The National Museum seems to understand Toda’s vision, considering the fact that they’ve added his landscape photographs to their permanent collection. Even then, the man is not content to rest on his laurels, still taking photos while running his production house Studio 58 Lab 10. All these details in mind, which lift his name to living legend status, should make his upcoming show at Provenance Gallery, Building Bridges, something to watch out for. And because of Provenance’s uniquely international reach, one can’t help but think that outsiders being introduced to Toda’s work for the first time will come to see the Philippines differently—as something grand, bigger than all of us.
The show “Building Bridges” is ongoing at Provenace Gallery (Shangri-La at the Fort, 2/F Retail Unit 2F9, 5th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig). For more information on Provenance Gallery, check out Rogue Magazine’s June 2016 issue.