Before going to the actual exhibition, I hadn’t heard about the World Press Photo shows before. Since its inception in 1955 and every year thereafter, World Press Photo has held contests for who has the winning photojournalism photo of that year, “a girl running naked after a napalm attack in Vietnam; a Buddhist monk who has set himself alight; a sole demonstrator standing in front of tanks on Tiananmen Square.” The non-profit organization started in Amsterdam, The Netherlands i.e. Holland, and since has held exhibitions across the globe, and currently it is the largest photojournalism contest in the world.
Initially I wasn’t sure what I would see. It didn’t occur to me the magnitude of impact press photos would have on me. The head of a dead girl peeking out of rubble on the Gaza strip or President Obama’s inauguration in Washington D.C. So many of the things that happen in the world, that you overlook, forget about, or are disinterested in because as always life has to be led, and your day to day grind often takes away from thinking of these things.
I’d also like to mention where the exhibit took place. In Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk. This translates to old church, and it is old; Amsterdam’s oldest (consecrated in 1306) and by far one of the most beautiful I’ve seen so far. The same exhibit takes place in New York City at the United Nations. It dawned on me how unfortunate that is, because I’m not likely to go. In Amsterdam the show is in an amazing old church, a beautiful structure with history, wooden ceilings (the oldest vaulted ceilings of any church in Europe), carved marble floors, and stained glass windows. Then you have the United Nations…a place that should symbolize peace and the continued thriving relationships that world countries build together, and somehow it seems like an effort lost. An attempt to change the world, but losing its way in the end. We could argue perhaps the same on the other end; churches, religion, politics, missionaries, topics that raise heavy debates, and question your own beliefs in the world at large. All very deep stuff no doubt. Lets look at a few photos for now…
My last and by far favorite photo of the show, was the one below by JR.
A friend of mine recently posted about JR over on her site. Below is the link and info on his current work.
So while in Amsterdam last May/April I had the pleasure to be in the city while the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) was going on, which in its 93 editions has never played host to the city of Amsterdam. The Giro d’Italia is a famous European bike race that has been in existence since 1909. Similar to the more famous (to American standards) Tour de France. The trail of the bike race passed the renowned Museumplein, which houses the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum.
Everything is pink. The ads, the fliers, and most importantly the jersey. Dubbed ‘the pink jersey’ the maglia rosa which is its official name, is a crucial part of the race. Everyday of the tour the biker with the fastest overall time, up until that point has the honor of wearing the maglia rosa. This means that the person wearing it may change everyday, depending on how well they have done. This is similar to what happens with the Tour de France bike race, and its famous green jersey.
Being in the city while all this was going on in addition to Queens Day, which is not really comparable to any famous day expect maybe Independence Day in the states, was pretty awesome (my new word of the moment is awesome -by the way- anything hot or cool is awesome right now!). The thing with Queens Day, is that the entire country turns up and out in celebration; food, music, parties, art, buying, selling, creating, opening, closing, dancing, singing, jamming.
Ugh, so cold in New York right now. Today was actually quite nice at 41 degrees, but lately all I’ve been thinking about are beaches tanning and that laid back coastal life.
Below are a few photos from a few coasts around the world. Enjoy, and stay warm!
Costa Brava, Spain Coast
Gran Canaria, Canary Island Coast
Haystack Rock, Oregon Coast
Jeju-do Coast, South Korea
Old San Juan, Puerto Rican Coast
Table Mountain, South African Coast
The images below are photos that I took on the plane from and to Amsterdam this past April//May. The first thing that I must mention is that during the whole Iceland volcano thing I didn’t really think this would affect my trip. Considering I was flying Iceland Air I should have assumed that this would cause major delays. I almost didn’t make it to Amsterdam for Queens Day. But alas I made it, and here are some photos of the volcanic ash over Iceland, and also of Greenland from the plane. I gotta thank my Canon G9 for these buttery ass photos.