A story captured through a lens

There is a famous adage saying that ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Although this sounds very cliché, there is definitely some truth to it, as I have yet again experienced the impact images have on a person.

This happened while I visited the World Press Photo exhibition in Centre Céramique. The winning pictures of the 57th edition conveyed mostly emotions of fear, helplessness and sorrow but also of happiness, compassion and relief. It is this diverse mix, shown through the different categories, that portrays today’s current world.

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I therefore have the uttermost respect for those photographers who are showing us what life looks like on the other side of the world. Especially the photos in the category ‘Spot News’ are incredibly striking. Those particular images were taken during the toughest situations and include events like the massacre at the Nairobi Westgate Mall, the Boston marathon bombing or the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. I am stunned, and at the same time amazed, that such a photographer’s first instinct is to take out his or her camera and capture that winning shot before fleeing away or helping the person.

The visit left me thus with enough to think about and above all a grateful feeling, since our biggest worry will only ever be being able to find a learning space in the university library.

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Want to experience something similar? Be sure to check out the World Press Photos at www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2014 or visit one of the other exhibitions at Centre Céramique:

  • Vikings in the low countries:            18 October 2014 – 15 March 2015
  • New harvest:                                       2 December 2014 – 2 March 2015


Written by: Valérie de Saegher
Pictures by: Elyse Isebia

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