Ding Gerrous' Ambrotypes
Ding came to photography through theater, working with a street theater group in Manila during his younger years. In an interview with Rogue Magazine Philippines written by Devi de Veyra in January, 2017, he narrates, "I already felt that the printed image was an extremely powerful medium of expression, so I dreamed of being a photographer to narrate my stories and share my truths," says Ding. He then went to work for the Manila Chronicle, a leading Philippine newspaper that closed in the late 90s. He would meet his wife, a French social worker, in 1999 and they moved to France in 2005. Initially in Paris he tried to find anything that he could relate to photographically. He explored various techniques, but it was the old process that appealed to him the most, particularly methods that involved manipulation to romanticize images captured by the camera. "Being pictorialist is to see and unabashedly show things in an escapist manner, only the beauty in things and things beautiful, according to the artistic tendency of the era," he mentions.