Wednesday, October 04, 2006

View the world through lenses

I saw a link to a photo workshop organized by a Romanian professional photographer Mihai Moceanu. As I was browsing through his photos taken in the Alps, Romanian mountains Retezat, Maramures area, Valea Vaserului. Then I thought that the idea of training others into a few courses and practical exercices taking photos in a beautiful Romanian landscape is quite useful and of course business wise (the course has a fee of course). Very good idea indeed.
Then I moved on to more exotic places this planet has to offer: African continent, New Zeeland and South America. These landscapes were offered by Ladislav Kamarad, an artist who enjoys taking photos from above 8000m altitude.

Namibian desert

"Dark Planet" - Moeraki Boulders in New Zeeland

"Golden Peak " in Peru

Then, from the impressive landscapes, peaceful nature, as a 180 degree turnover I browsed and discovered the winner for the 2006 World Press photo.

The photo shows the emaciated fingers of a one-year-old child pressed against the lips of his mother at an emergency feeding clinic in Niger. A devastating swarm of locusts and the worst drought in decades left millions of people short of food in the African state.
Here is another photo of the winner photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly, that depicts the "beautiful Africa" as he described it.

The gallery for the winners at the World Press Photo contest includes shocking images of news from this year all around the world, from bomb attacks to starving people in African villages.

These images along with their stories offer a devastating image of our world and I can't help thinking that while there are healty, fortunate people worrying over all the silly things in their lives, analyzing all the minor details (their choices, thoughts, beliefs, desires, fights and so on), in another area of the world or maybe in the same city, terrible events take place. Thus the "unlucky" people have important problems which are seen only by a few journalists, the members of a few social organizations and the entertainment stars who wish to leave their own share of good deeds(for whatever reasons they may have).

Tags: World Press, Mihai Moiceanu, Ladislav Kamarad


  • Such photos of real issue always make me feel a little ashamed of myself. Yes, our problems are the most important simply because they are our own and we forget what real pain is. Thinking like this will not immediately diminish our pain or hurts, but it would sure keep them shorter and in a real perspective, not viewed through a magnifying lense.

    By Blogger Alina, at 9:26 AM  

  • Indeed, this is a true explanation. Too bad we don't need to look so far away to see these problems, they are present even in our city, around the corner, in the subway.

    By Blogger Cristina Banu, at 12:56 PM  

  • Psychologists have already explained it... it depends on our needs because if we have the comfort of a home, food to eat and protection, we start to feel the need of self esteem, development, wealth and so on. It is ok for people to develop and help the others who don't have the means. It is difficult to accept that others eat once a day and God knows what... The problem is that I cannot accept not to have what I want: I fight for what I want, that's true, but I have the means and this is our luck.
    By the way, very nice photos, surprising and spiritual.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:39 PM  

  • Thanks, Andreea, for your comment. The photos are the work of talented photographers. However, by posting the 2 images from Africa I hope I didn't make anyone sad. This was not my intention.

    By Blogger Cristina Banu, at 2:05 PM  

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