一只干瘪的小手

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乌干达的饥饿(摄:迈克威尔斯) / Hunger in Uganda (photography by Mike Wells)

乌干达的饥饿(摄:迈克威尔斯) / Hunger in Uganda (photography by Mike Wells)

时间:1980年
地点:乌干达
摄影师:迈克威尔斯(英国)
1981年普利兹新闻摄影奖获奖图片镜头故事

1980年,英国摄影师迈克威尔斯用一张照片让全世界注意到发生在乌干达的可怕干旱。这一年的4月,威尔斯和一个救济组织前往乌干达东北地区考察。在卡拉莫加地区的天主教教堂里,他看到大批领取救济物资的灾民。

在乌干达,九成以上的农民仰赖雨水进行灌溉,而乌干达的国家经济又有三分之一是来自农业生产。干旱对乌干达人而言,即饥饿与死亡。一位神父告诉威尔斯,教堂能发的救济相对于灾民的需求简直是杯水车薪,神父随手拉来一个抱着孩子的女人,将孩子那黝黑而干瘪的小手放在自己沧桑的白皮肤手上给威尔斯看。威尔斯马上被这两只对比鲜明的手震撼,他拿起相机,拍下了照片。

我们怎能视而不见?

威尔斯并不满意照片本身的品质,作为一名专业的摄影师,威尔斯可以从中轻而易举的挑出一堆毛病:构图粗糙、光线单调…..但是,他却无法否认照片给人们带来的巨大心灵冲击。孩子拿细弱如柴的手腕,那因极度缺水缩起来的皮肤,以及长期营养不良造成的无力小手,强而有力地暗示着世界,饥渴中的乌干达人正经历怎么样的痛苦;而那只来自于救助者的白皮肤的手在这令人揪心的小手衬托下,竟丰润得让人心生愧疚–当这世界上还有人为最基本的生存挣扎时,当这世界还有人不得不忍受饿渴之苦时,那些衣食无忧、生活安逸的人们,还有什么理由心安理得,视而不见?

威尔斯的这张照片被世界各地的媒体争相转载,愈来愈多的人开始关注乌干达的旱灾。联合国儿童基金会和世界粮食计划署都向乌干达伸出援手。然而,干旱的发生原因却非常复杂,短时间内要杜绝干旱并不实际。乌干达政府只能在世界各国的协助下适应环境的变化、对抗旱灾。

文:摘自《第一现场》第94~95页

Pre wedding photography – Stephanie and Danny

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Congratulation to Stephanie and Danny

Congratulation to Stephanie and Danny

Thank you, Stephanie and Danny for giving me a chance to shoot your pre wedding two months ago. This was my second pre wedding shooting and I had the opportunity to learn from friends, Kenn-Wai, Fred, James, and Hanne, who love photography as much as I do.

Even though it was two long days of shooting, traveling from spot to spot in Melaka such as the beach in Klebang, paddy field in Pulau Gadong, rubber estate, hotel and A’Farmosa Resort, it was certainly one of my best shooting outing. We had so much laughter and fun doing together.

And congratulation on you marriage too! As a say of Amy Bloom, “Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and choice of partner.

No matter what, both must constantly establish, work on, and maintain a healthy communication channel between you. We are all glad that you have found one another, whom to spend your life with, and wishing you both a beautiful and happy life together.

May all beings be happy. Sharing some lovely shots of the pre wedding after the jump:

 

 

Donation of RM600 for Wang in coma

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juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

Many thanks to friends for your kindness in supporting Wang Yue-Fang in coma. We’ve collected the amount of RM 600.00 donation for Wang’s famliy to their Public Bank’s joint name account of three names including the name of Wang’s husband, Seet Soon Ann.

We are grateful as the donation you’ve made through your well-wishes, is giving support, hope and also strength for Wang and family. It means a lot to them really.

Thanks again and we hope that Wang and family are strong and can keep it together to get through this awful time.

May all beings be happy.

The Street of Harmony, Jalan Tokong

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junction of Jalan Tokong

junction of Jalan Tokong

Parellel to the famous Jonker Street, there is a street which has three coexisting places of worship: Kampung Kling Mosque, Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple, and Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple. It is Jalan Tokong (tokong means temple in Malay) and also known as the “Street of Harmony” by the locals, showing the harmony amongst the people in Malaysia.

While having a free time this Monday, Kenn-Wai and I decided to do a casual street shooting in the old town of Melaka. We just wanted to shoot for leisure and snap whatever we like on that day, even though we shoot photos always for actual events. We met in Jonker Street and setup our gear before Kenn-Wai suggested to go to Jalan Tokong.

It was drizzling in the afternoon when we started our journey in Jalan Tokong. Most of the shops were about to close then street was getting quiet and occupied with only a few tourists and locals. We spent first half of the session at the junction of Jalan Tokong and Jalan Hang Lekiu waiting for the right subject such as senior citizens and tourists to pass this intersection.

From the junction we could see the three of the places of worship. This was one of the reasons we chose to go Jalan Tokong. Not to mention that the three places of worship, Kampung Kling Mosque, Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple, and Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple are one of the oldest temples and mosque in our country, they are also built along the same street and near to one another.

The area is now predominantly occupied by Chinese though, the presence of the mosque and the Indian temple suggests that this area was once lived by a multi ethnic community that was able to live harmoniously together. Besides, Jalan Tokong is made more thrilling by the Chinese traditional trades. We discovered some Chinese effigy makers and shops that sell red and gold lanterns, paper money and Chinese funerary necessities along the street.

We continued along the street and  took a few shots outside the Kampung Kling Mosque, went into the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple to pay respect and photo-taking, and finally went to the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple which were close for visiting during that time. After an hour of relaxing photo-taking, Kenn Wai had an appointment and had called off the shooting session.

The outing was splendid and allowed both Kenn-Wai and I to realise how far we could go comparing our currents shots with the photos from the last few street shooting in that area. Again, Kenn-Wai taught me a lot of things humbly and benefited me even more.

Thanks to Kenn-Wai for inviting me for the shooting and sharing the experience with him. I am looking for the next outing for street shooting in the near future. May all beings be happy. Share some shots which I took:

Nan-Tong Paper Model Shop

Nan-Tong Paper Model Shop

senior citizens relaxing at the temple Cheng Hoon Teng

senior citizens relaxing at the temple Cheng Hoon Teng

Guardian Lion of Chinese Temple

Guardian Lion of Chinese Temple

a shop for stone sculptures

a shop for stone sculptures

Street of Harmony

Street of Harmony

one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, Kampung Kling Mosque

one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, Kampung Kling Mosque

riding bike on the street

riding bike on the street

inside one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

inside one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

an old shop in Jalan Tokong

an old shop in Jalan Tokong

rusty ring

rusty ring

November.December 2010

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as strong as happy (children at Paralympic Malaysia 2010)

as strong as happy (children at Paralympic Malaysia 2010)

An early grEEtings in December to our fellow friends. It’s the month of celebration. School holiday, Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year), Christmas and 2011 New Year eve fall on this month. Besides, congratulation to our friends, Stephy Chan and Danny Lim, Cheryl and Chee-Fong, Cheng-Thiam and Li-Ling, Annabelle and Max Goh, who are getting married this month and on the first day of 2011.

It’s also a year anniversary for juesatta and the journEEy is still far away. We must keep on taking a step at a time and the joy is found not in finishing but in doing it. It reminds me of a quote from Alex Noble, “success is not a place at which one arrives but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” Therefore we have to keep on the task in helping others less fortunate and share our happiness with others.

May all beings be happy and may you find serenity in juesatta.

These were the shots taken last month in Melaka.

milestone

milestone

adorable

adorable

dream

dream

"would you set me free?"

"would you set me free?"

dew

dew

high rise

high rise

Negaraku

Negaraku

sharing

sharing

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