Working with major advertising agencies and international brands, to collaborating with major local stars such as Marian Rivera, Rhian Ramos, and Carla Abellana, and being the mastermind behind Geekology (book, exhibit and talk) series – it’s easy to think of Jay Tablante as a masterful guru with a knack for creating magic through a shutter. And that, he is. But he is also a regular geek like the rest of us, who started out with a goal to make supers a reality. So just what is a geek photographer made of?
Resilience, imagination, drive, and a love for good comics. Jay Tablante started his passion for all things geek with comic books. Since he picked up that eponymous issue of XMEN #1 in 1991, the love affair began, even traversing to anime with Macross and gaming through Final Fantasy 3.
From there, his passion for creative platforms grew and he delved into graphic design. To his dismay, he was not granted the hand to draw, but art was still out there to be captured by him. Finally taking a dip into photography, he realized just how intricate a story he could tell through the artform. This bolstered yet another budding love affair for the ages.
Combining his two loves, Jay became the geek with a camera. And through his journey to creating out of this world photos, it clicked – cosplay photography.
Through that, he could provide people with suspension of disbelief. It takes more than just shooting someone in a costume, Jay insists. It’s all about capturing magic and making it seem real. There is not one perfect shot, at least not until you’ve combined all the elements and shots together to create the perfect image – from the nuances that connect your viewer to really paying homage to the figures you’re carving out. It’s all about loving what you do and wanting to make it great.
When asked about his most unforgettable experience, he noted with excitement that it was meeting Jim Lee at San Diego Comic Con, where Jim reviewed his work thoroughly. It’s surreal experiences like this that really mark points in one’s history. And for Jay, there’s nothing better than being able to have great shoots, create innovative exhibits, and bask in all the geeky goodness that pop culture has to offer.
And for us? That’s a pretty good deal – especially with artists like Jay Tablante, who make life seem super.
Want to meet the man himself and get to know how to master the art of cosplay photography? Register now and drop on by to ComicCon Asia 2018, where Jay Tablante will hold an exclusive workshop for free!