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

 

Times of unprecedented change.

These are some mad times we live in. I am still trying to wrap my head around the series of very unfortunate events that have taken place over the last 3-4 months. A global pandemic causing the loss of countless lives. People losing their lives and getting injured   as a result of police brutality and of our unjust political system that sees skin colour above humanity. Anger, harm and emotional damage spreading quickly on social media and all across our nation. One of the biggest oil spills in history staining one of the most pristine ecosystem worldwide: the Artic river. It is like the world is crumbling to the ground. It feels like everything is spinning out of control and life around us is falling into pieces. We are all a little broken right now and as easy as it may be to shut our feelings off, we should not. We must endure this pain; we must feel it so we can heal. Heal ourselves and then heal our planet that has become so wounded.

We live in a time of unprecedented change and it is okay to feel a bit scared about all this uncertainly but.. just remember, in the midst of chaos there’s also opportunity. Opportunity to be better, to do better. Life – as we knew it – has changed forever and instead of rushing to go back to normal, let’s go forward to better. I think we can all use this time to consider which parts of “normal” are worth to rushing back to. Let’s take some time to reflect on ourselves and truly dive deep on our (un)conscious beliefs and on what we to stand up for our values.

We are all on this together and now, more than ever, we have individual and collective responsibility to take care of the planet and of one another. So let’s get united and make tomorrow a day we all look forward to. 

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Nature is love.

Funny as we, humans, crave deep nature connection but often times forget to notice its reaction to our presence. We tend to undervalue it but Nature is really a true gift. Why? Because:

Natures gives without demanding

Nature listens without interrumpting

Nature heals with no side effects

Nature cares without having second intentions

Natures exists without destroying

Nature speaks without making sound/in silence

What Nature will not do though, is to be forever here for us if we do not treat her right.

Let’s not forget that what we do to Nature, we do ultimately to ourselves. So let’s protect it. Let’s take very good care of it. Let’s cherish it every single day of our lives. As Gary Snyder once said, Nature is not a place to visit. Nature is home.” ♥

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful