Taken in 2006 with my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 350D, this photo appeared on the front page of Manila Standard Today. I was an opinion columnist at the time and opinion columns don’t have space for photos so I sent in the bathing tiger photo for consideration for the front page instead.
It was my first photo to be published on print. It would be followed by a lot of others, mostly as part of feature articles and, years later, in my own food column.
But, as they say, there’s a special kind of nostalgia attached to the “first”. So, this tiger photo will always be special.