Jhoane Baterna-Pateña was born in Koronadal City, Philippines, in 1978. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 2003 and in 2010 moved to Hong Kong, where she became interested in photography as a medium of self-exploration and creative expression.
Jhoane’s first project, “The Art of the Selfie”, is a delightful study of Chinese mainland tourists taking selfies at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Fascinated by the lively, theatrical hustle and bustle of thousands of visitors every day leaving their busses for a short “selfie break”, she created an extensive project on the characters, gestures and facial expressions of the selfie photographers in an enlightening and amusing way, always imbued with great sympathy for her protagonists.
“The Art of the Selfie” was just released in book form published by Asia One Books in Hong Kong and Seltmann + Söhne in Germany. In October, Jhoane will enter the Master study program at BTK University for Art and Design in Berlin.