Anna Isabelle ‘Sai’ Villafuerte is a writer and photographer from the Philippines. Her primary medium involves analogue photography techniques complemented by an experimental approach to prose and essay writing.
At the age of fifteen, Sai was awarded the ‘Student Prize for Film Photography’ during an Oxbridge-sponsored academic programme in Lycée Notre Dame de Sion, Paris. In 2015, she received the Visual and Creative Arts award by the Council for Independent Education (CIFE) in the House of Lords, where she was acknowledged for her “imaginative ambition, stylistic control and superb sense of narrative structure.”
She studied her BSc in International Politics at City, University of London, graduating with first-class honours. Sai is now an MPhil candidate at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development where she is researching the limits and capabilities of digital value chain upgrading in the Philippine motion picture industry. She is also the editorial coordinator of Oxford Urbanists.
By choosing to photograph ‘ordinary’ places, Sai makes them extraordinary. Beauty can be found in any setting and she gives every place she photographs the story it so rightfully deserves. It is a rare and special skill to tell the narrative of places where one does not naturally appreciate its allure. When done with her unique, experimental style it allows for more people to relate and understand her pictures by connecting it to their everyday lives.
— Excerpt from interview with Unloop, July 2017