Inspiration…

This week’s project was all about inspiration, a trip to the city to be wowed by fellow photographers, both amateurs and pros, adorning the walls of two different exhibitions – The World Press Photography Exhibition, and the winners of the Sigma Amateur D-Photo Photographer of the Year competition which I had entered held at Metro Gallery.  Alas, I did not make the winners wall!  But a great opportunity to have a look at the amazing work of fellow camera lovers.  Congratulations to the top three amateurs of each category who got to enjoy the opportunity of their work being shared and displayed.  What I noticed most about viewing the exhibition was the difference in quality of the photographs on print from viewing online.  As much as I admired the works through the D-Photo mag platform, the size and quality of the printing brought the elements of the work of art alive; increasing the vibrancy of colour, enhancing the dynamic range, accentuating the play of light…fantastic. The World Press Exhibition in contrast was a confronting experience telling the stories of the world we may or may not know, a portrayal of the human experience as told by photo journalists from around the globe. Stories of poverty, brutality and terrorism, economic and social disasters, environmental misappropriation, sadness, and sometimes a glimmer of hope.  I tried to imagine the photographer who was there capturing each shot, and what emotions it took to take each photo, to be a witness to the life of a community that they are essentially part of in that moment; whether they felt fear, a desire to help, or simply a passion to educate.   I have bought the visual snapshots home with me, finding myself reflecting on what I didn’t know, and how easily it is to be sheltered from what is the reality of millions of people. And that is photojournalism…a visual representation of life enmeshing us within the scene, evoking emotion and awareness, telling us to pay attention.  I still have tears…