World Press Photo Exhibition 2020

Hello my dear ones,

Life in The Netherlands seems to be slowly going back to (a new) normal.

March, April and May were tough months where I felt like I was running on fumes but, gladly, June came around as a breather. Things are so much less hectic now. We have officially closed the financial year at work and I am all settled in my new house.

Plus, Summer is here, life around me seems to have slowed down and I really want to take advantage of these long days, where there’s daylight untill 11pm.

Now that we are no longer in the confinement period, I can feel like I can dedicate my free time to do things outside my house that bring me joy.

That being said, even though I am still doing home office, I decided to finish work earlier yesterday, catch the train to The Hague (the use of masks and social distance is both obligatory and controlled) and visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020.

I love photography and I have been wanting to attend a World Press Photo Exhibition ever since I first heard of it a few years back. I am so glad I finally got round to attend the world’s largest press photography. It did not disappoint. Not in the slightest.

This exhibition showcases the realities and stories of people from all across the globe, whilst spreading awareness about diverse topics such as terrorism, social injustice, economic inequality and climate change.

A selection of photographers from different cultural backgrounds, upbringings and walks of life come together to promote awareness on cultural, economic, environmental, political and social issues through their fine-art photography.

The compeling photos and their captions are genuine art masterpieces that force us to stop, think and feel. Visual journalism in its most beautiful form for sure. I found some of the photos to be a raw and powerful representation of the tough reality lived by many people. I impossible felt so touched. It was an exhibition that really expanded my views about certain global events and it somehow helped me o understand a little bit more this world we live in.

I don’t really like to whip out my phone when I am in an art galleries and museums because I want to feel fully present with all the great artwork that I see. However, during this exhibition I really felt the urge to snap some photos (it was allowed). I really wanted the incredibe photos and insighful captions to to be seared into my brain, you know?

So, here are just a few of the ones that touched me the most ♥ :

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The best kind of art is the one that is able to emationally transport you.

 

If you are a photography lover and live in Europe, make sure to check this link to see if you have this exhibition near you. It is definitely an exhibition worth of our time.

Have a lovely weekend my dear ones.

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

 

A great start to September.♥ 

Due to having a father who is an artist, art has always played a huge role in my life. Dad has always motivated me to continuously develop my creative self and see the world as an amazing art masterpiece. Also, due to his influence, going to art museums and galleries has been a rather normal thing to do in my free time ever since I was a little child.

As someone who loves to behold art in all forms, I feel incredibly lucky (and grateful) to live just a short 30-mins train journey away from, what are in my opinion, some of the best museums we have in Europe. To mark the beginning of September – hands down my favourite month of the year – I decided to take the train to Amsterdam and have some quality time at the Stedelijk museum. After all, we must spend our time doing what we love (as often as we can) because life is way too short to be wasted doing things that do not make us happy.

My Saturday actually started in a busier way than usual. A friend of mine slept at my house from Friday to Saturday and I had to wake up quite early to help her getting ready for a wedding. When she left my house, I went to my usual cardio/strength training class at the gym and afterwards I just made my way to Amsterdam. Stedelijk, the largest museum of modern and contemporary art and design in The Netherlands, has been on my list of must-see museums in the country for quite some time. So happy for making time to finally visit it!

I find it so important to make room in our lives for art because it gives us meaning. It helps us to understand the world around us and, if we let it, art has the power to enable us to have a life that is richer in purpose, joy and creativity.  I love the fact that certain works of art can show us exactly what we are scared of expressing and admitting. Plus, there is something so special about stepping inside an art gallery and loosing myself in unknown shapes, colours, textures and stories. ♥

Visiting an art museum that was knew to me really made my Saturday afternoon. I thought I’d share with you the photos of some of the favourite things I saw at Stedelijk museum:

 

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… and, finally, I got to see the original painting from Mondriaan, one of the pioneers of abstract art.

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I also learnt that the studios in The Netherlands and France where Mondriaan lived reflected the way he painted and expressed himself ins his paintings (i.e. geometrism and grids of black, white and primary colours). I guess that this shows that the environment we create around us really is a reflection of our state of mind.

 

Last but definitely not least, here is something that I read about how art – as we know it today – emerged in the Netherlands and that is so worth-sharing:

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Concept became more important than form; everything could, and art could be everywhere”. How beautiful. ♥

 

 

I hope this post served as a reminder of how important it is to do things that inspire us and make our soul happy. Have a lovely Sunday and great start to the week x

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful