Impressions of the World Press Photo Exhibition

The exhibition is here in Sydney – which is always a great opportunity to get some inspiration and thinking.

www.worldpressphoto.org

As I like the photography, I was admiring once again how one visual can induce lots of emotions and remind about the state of the world we are living in. Several thoughts struck me:

– how lucky I am to be born and live in a safe country, where I wasn’t forced to become a refugee because of the war (images of Darfur and Afghan people), I have education (pictures of girls in regional Turkey luckily getting into a school), I had a safe childhood (abused children in Spain), and many more…

– it was surreal being a visitor in a gallery in Sydney looking at pictures taken in Ukraine and Russia… I saw scenes photographed (teenagers in a little town, pensioners walking together), i saw that in real life and it was my life. I grew upin a little town and as much charm it had, like close to nature, walking everywhere, there is also a sense of desperation every time i come home, how far that life is from the kind of life i live now. And today I stand and look at that at the exhibition in Australia… (and feel quite happy to, it seems)

– turned around the corner and saw a giant portrait of Putin – it won the first prise for portraits, take for Times when Putin was on the cover as the person of the year. Quite a good portrait actually. Coincidence Russia got a new president last week, but with Putin continuing as prime minister. Bring on the change…

– another thought – I would never be able to be a war/news photographer. Imagine seeing a wounded man on the streets of Nairobi, and going around trying to capture better angle while he’s bleeding… But i am grateful to photographers nevertheless for showing images to the world – how they say, one picture is worth a thousand words…

Go and visit the World Press Photo Exhibition if it’s around your city
www.worldpressphoto.org/