Our second trip of the evening was to the World Press Photo Contest at the Royal Festival Hall http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2015 . This was the first time I had been to this exhibition and my overall thought was that it was overwhelming – so I will have to go back for a return visit. Because it’s so contemporary, I was drawn into the photographs in a way that I was not and could not be, when compared to what I saw at the Photographer’s Gallery.

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One of the first pictures I saw was by Massimo Sestina called Rescue Operation – http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2015/general-news/massimo-sestini. This, for me, is such a striking photo especially in the current climate  – I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.

© Massimo Sestini

The following pictures detailing the conflict in Ukraine touch a raw nerve with me having lived there in the mid-2000′s and having a very small insight into the issues and knowing some of the areas. http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2015/general-news/sergei-ilnitsky

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© Sergei Ilnitsky

http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2015/spot-news/jérôme-sessini/101

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© Jérôme Sessini

My senses were again struck raw with the images of ebola victims and the girls kidnapped in Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram. But World Press Photo is more than that and there are other images that are equally as striking, which are not as “depressing” for want of a better phrase e.g. Orphaned Rhino by Ami Vitale http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2015/nature/ami-vitale

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© Ami Vitale

But for me one of the most haunting pictures was of this young girl/woman in Turkey…its just the look….. her eyes are haunting, the composition around the anonymity of the police officers, the lighting and the blue cast all come together to make this a haunting photograph…. one that would not be out of place on a horror movie poster for some teen slash flick…..

http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2015/spot-news/bulent-kilic

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© Bulent Kilic

It goes without saying that all the exhibitions that I have seen to date have provided inspiration in differing ways to improve my photography and my understanding of photography (technical, philosophical etc)… I now need to put some of that into practice.

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