enjoying still images

Sony World Photography 2009 was the first photo exhibition that I attended to this year.

Below is a photo of mass production of Italian statues in China.
One says imitation is the highest form of flattery.

The best and most creative photos were a set of shots dedicated for a campaign on eating a healthy diet. Pictures of people eating a slice of pizza, or a bar of chocolate, with their own shadow with the exact pose, only that the shadow of the pizza or chocolate bar is replaced with the shadow of a gun or a knife. A symbolic way of saying that eating bad food will only shorten your life. Not only that these photos are creative, the tone and color of each shot looked as if they it is like a very good painting.

One photo that caught my interest is a simple, real shot taken in Israel, of kids sitting together in a room, rich with colors of the wall and one stained glass in the middle (where one of them kids managed to climb on and sit by the window pane) and also unique texture of woven cushion covers and quilt.

Another one was a picture of a guy who had AIDS.

There was a photo of a few kids in Afghanistan, sitting behind a truck. Their unique faces have the oriental, middle eastern, and even caucassian look, although they are of the same ethnicity.

The second exhibition that I attended was by Steve Mc Curry, whose famous photo was the Afghan girl, displayed as the cover of an edition of National Geographic magazine.

I am amazed with how he manipulated with light and shadows, as well as the choice of colors.
Such a great photographer.

Photos which were clear in my memory were the series of the Afghan girls, one shot of a cute photoshop at the side of the road, and the daily life of people walking near the famous Taj Mahal.

It was a really nice experience visiting art galleries like this. It feeds my thoughts with such entertainment, a feeling of calm, or the amazement of the beauty of a picture, or even the feeling of being disturbed by a shocking image of war and suffering.

I look forward for future exhibitions some day.

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