“To be a highly acclaimed photographer means that you can prove your brilliance as a lensman not just once, or twice, but consistently,” This is how writer, Yugel Losarta described Dewey Sergio as Manila Bulletin’s Picture Perfect feature photographer, last August 9, 2006.
Dewey or Ka Dewey to those who endeared him started shooting pictures at age fourteen using a Kodak rangefinder camera that he borrowed from his cousin. His very first owned camera was a Kodak point & shoot 110 that he acquired in 1965. He said his inspirations in photography are his father and Ansel Adams and confessed that his favourite subjects to photograph are Nature, Landscape, Portrait/Bodyscape, Nightscape/Astrophotography, and Street photography. His advice to the new aspiring photographers who are constantly struggling with their self-doubt is to try to do two things at the same time; “Pretend that you are already a champion and work diligently at becoming one and in due course, the gap between belief and reality will soon close.” As one of the founding members of Alpha Camera Club and remains to be the most active, he admonishes new members as well as those thinking of joining the club to “Not to be discouraged just because you are slightly behind. Life isn’t about a hundred-meter race against your friends, but a lifelong marathon against yourself. Rather than focusing on getting ahead of your friends, first try to discover your own colour or uniqueness.”
Dewey Sergio has diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering but has always claimed to be a farmer or a fisherman whenever asked innocently. I guess the following line best personifies Ka Dewey; “Coins always makes sound, but paper money are always silent. So when your value increases, stay silent and remain humble and let your success be your noise.”
Some of Dewey’s work that have reached publication through several books include those featured in “Planning and Architecture” by Palafox Associates, two volumes, “The 2002 Philippine Yearbook,” “Ilocos Sur Coffee Table Book,” “Flowers of Baguio,” plus the annual reports of Ayala Alabang Country Club and the “Architect Golf Classic Annual Report.” He has also been main photographer for Badminton Plus Magazine, The HOLA Lifestyle Magazine among others. This of course, is on top of the various international and national competitions he had won.