'It was my first night in Manila and I had been awake for nearly 60 hours. Friend, colleague and host-for-a-month Brian Sergio had picked me up from the airport. Even though I had already had too much (free) beer in the airplane, I was happy to agree with his suggestion to grab some beers. Somehow not feeling bothered by the effects of sleep deprivation and alcohol I was even motivated to go out and take pictures. One of the very first pictures I took that first night in Manila is a picture of a boy aiming his gun.
It would have been quite silly to ask the young boy about the mental process prior to choosing who or what to aim his gun at. The so-called shooting was a playful act that did not involve any rational motives, apart from the activity itself bringing joy to the kid. His choice of target changed almost as quickly as his instincts allowed him to; the gun is fake and thus the choice of target is completely up to the one aiming the gun. There are no consequences after all. In the same manner the choice of target also becomes negligible, everything is based on the little notion of aiming and pulling the trigger intuitively for the sake of joy.
During the following couple of weeks I would shoot Manila the same way this little boy was shooting Manila during my encounter with him."