Steve McCurry is a famed photojournalist who has travelled the world taking portraits that will go down in photographic history, his portraits have a special look and identity to them. McCurry documents the lives of his subjects, giving the viewer an insight into the lives of the people he photographs.
I first discovered McCurry when I stumbled across his most famous photograph, which is titled ‘Afghan girl’ (shown below). I was immediately taken aback by this stunning image and I was also intrigued to see more his work, as I began to look through his portraits I realised just how talented this photographer is. Alot of the people featured are clearly facing many trials and tribulations within the environment they live, McCurry allows them to share their story with the world!
As many of you have probably heard already, in London there have been anti government spending cut protest’s/riots. London turned into pandemonium yesterday as protestors turned out in their thousands to fight the government spending cuts that have been recently announced in the budget. Whether you back or don’t back the protests, it is interesting to see people finding their voice again in such troubled economic times.
I understand how the press and media are only keen to focus on the thugs who decided to throw objects and deface property, but I don’t think anyone should be sidetracked by the media on this one. If you notice in every attached photo (impressive captures though they may be), the media has only decided to include photos of criminal acts being committed.
The media will always create material that sells newspapers, to sell newspapers the media will deliberately add fuel to the fire and create as much drama as they can. I have already noticed in every article I’ve seen today, that the writer fails to mention that the vast majority of protestors were actually peaceful protestors and not hooligans out for a fight.
My reason for feeling so strongly about this is because the protests are of great significance to each and every one of us REPEAT- Do not get distracted from this crucial point. We may not know it yet, but such extreme cuts will affect us all in the future. Seeing as we are one of the highest taxed nations in the world already, it seems slightly bizarre that we are being told we will lose all of our public services and spend the rest of our lives paying back the country’s debt in the form of taxation. Specially as this ‘Debt’ is not our personal debt!
As many of you are most likely aware, Japan is facing huge devastation at the moment and are now facing the prospect of rebuilding their country after the devastation caused to them by the recent Tsunami. Events like this, truly are a tragedy for all involved. The Japanese have been extremely resillient for many years now living with numerous earth quakes, rarely though does the devastation escalate to this level.
I have a huge respect for the Japanese and there numerous achievements in the manufacturing of cars and electronics. Japan has a proud history and continues to be a global leader in production of high quality technological products. While other well known brands that symbolise quality have began letting their standards slip, Japan has remained at the forefront of producing high quality goods. They remain a proud, strong and stable nation and I look forward to seeing them bounce back from this set back.
My best wishes and thoughts go out to everyone affected!
Some ‘Unforgettable’ photos from the National Geographic Magazine- Click link- Japan Tsunami: 20 Unforgettable Pictures.
I stumbled across a couple of brilliant captures from the Egyptian Riots today, the photographer is David Degner who has had photos published for many high calibre publications including Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Both captures show the true courage of the Egyptian protesters, who grew tired of living under the suppression of the vicious dictator President Mubarak. They took to the streets and regained their freedom in courageous style. These photos highlight the true courage of the protestors in tthe face of adversity.