Workshop Wednesdays Vol.47
Workshop Wednesdays vol. 47
What a year it has been already…Not quite half way through and I think we’ve had enough natural and human disasters to last a decade! That’s enough please 2020!! In a way, it makes me even more passionate about the power of photography and how important it is to record historical events. Our little workshops are here to explore the world of photography and take a moment to let it all sink in. The photojournalism published this week by the Guardian is some of the most heart wrenching imagery we’ve seen and it’s worth clicking the link to see the full gallery. It is proof that a photograph speaks a thousand words. We hope you enjoy this blog and please stay safe out there!
Photo For Thought
“From Budapest to Birmingham, England, tens of thousands of Europeans took to the streets this past weekend in solidarity with Americans, calling for racial justice and an end to the abuse of power by police forces in the wake of the killing of George Floyd two weeks ago. They did so despite, in places, stormy weather—and in defiance, nearly everywhere, of strict social-distancing rules.
In Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Lausanne, Switzerland, demonstrators packed narrow city streets, major public squares, and iconic parks to raise their voices against racial violence and police brutality. In cities such as London and Naples, Italy, the protesters assembled outside the U.S. embassy or consulate buildings to chant George Floyd’s name and demand justice. They carried signs, in English and in the local language, denouncing racism and showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Under sunny skies in Rome, a young crowd filled Piazza del Popolo, reminding others that racism is not an American problem, but a global scourge. In Brussels, protesters also used the occasion to call attention to local cases, such as that of Moïse “Lamine” Bangoura, who died in police custody in 2018.
The May 25 killing of George Floyd is forcing many in Europe to confront the continent’s troubled past with race relations. In Belgium, a former colonial power, a petition is circulating, calling on the country to take down all statues of former King Leopold II. Leopold, who ruled from 1865 to 1909, is blamed for the genocide that killed millions in the former Belgian Congo colony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the English city of Bristol, antiracism protesters toppled the statue of former slave trader Edward Colston and threw the bronze likeness into the River Avon.
A popular joke on Twitter reads, “Protesters say statue tripped, and fell into the water.” But by Monday, it had become clear the statue incident wasn’t being treated as a joke. Police said they had opened up an investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, members of the U.K. government, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, called it an act of “thuggery.” Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted, “justice will follow.”
– JOEL SANTOS
“Joel has an eye for the wild and the remote, and his photographs are in the tradition of great travel writers and artists”
— Canon Europe
“Joel Santos is a Travel Photographer, Documentary Filmmaker, Speaker and Writer, born in 1978, Lisbon, Portugal. He’s former a economist which became a journalist, focusing on fading traditions and remote locations, embracing his work with true passion for visual and written storytelling.
Winner of national and international photography awards, namely the prestigious Travel Photographer Of The Year, in 2016, and VISÃO/BES (WPP standards and jury), in 2005. Won 1st (“Dream Places”) and 2nd (Nature and wildlife) place awards at the ART & Tour — International Tourism Film Festival (2019) with the short film “Identidade de um Território”, shot for Geopark Estrela (UNESCO).
Published more than one hundred articles and chronicles in the national and international press, including National Geographic (USA), Geo, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail, Courrier, Wired, The Sun, among others. His photographs are used frequently by international brands, namely Canon, IKEA, Microsoft, ABC Studios, Samsung, DJI, among others.”
“In 1959, when LIFE magazine profiled the star of a new production of A Raisin in the Sun, Sidney Poitier, he was 32 and as the magazine then put it, “already accepted almost without question as the best Negro actor in the history of the American theater.” In the months leading up to that assessment, Poitier had played Porgy in Porgy and Bess and become the first black actor nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, for his work in The Defiant Ones. (He lost that time around but would win a few years later for Lilies of the Field.)”…
…“Whenever Poitier walks on stage, excitement walks on with him,” wrote entertainment editor Tom Prideaux. “He seems to be taking it easy most of the time but with the hidden tension of a coiled spring. In appearance he veers between man and boy. His open grin and handsomely boyish head set off a powerful body. He can be as appealing as a child or show a shattering range of deep adult emotion. Today, acting and Poitier seem made for each other.”
Here, LIFE presents some of the magazine’s most striking images of the star, who appeared in its pages in a 1950 story about the film No Way Out, went on to be featured on the cover in 1966 and became a mainstay of the magazine’s coverage of Hollywood as well as the civil rights movement. As these pictures make clear, Poitier’s career has been one of breadth as well as depth.
“It has been a long journey,” as Poitier said when he accepted his Oscar in 1964, “to this moment.”
Story of the week
While it’s heartbreaking to see what is happening around the world… life still goes on and for some families, this will be a year to remember for all of the best reasons. Baby Hallie will certainly have a story to tell when she is all grown up about being born during the covid-19 pandemic! And her two big sisters Leah and Remi are already so adoring and protective… It was such a pleasure to capture these little moments for your family, Kristen and Damien. Your daughters have such unique and beautiful personalities and I’m sure they will be best friends for life. We can’t wait to share the finished product with you very soon! X
Best Wishes From HP!
Thanks again for getting this far! A special thank you to Yasmine from Get Real Finance for our feature photo this week! Poppy was a wonderful little model! While the world is going through such a tough time, we feel so lucky to be in our safe and humble studio, photographing wonderful families and adorable pets. It is truly a blessing and we are grateful every day.
Hannah, Olivia, Angela, Nic and Charlie
The Hannah Photography Team