World Press Photo Expo, KK

Rushed to One Borneo last night just to catch the World Press Photo Expo with brother before he drives back to Kota Marudu.

Oh my God, the pictures were incredible.

I teared looking at most of the photos. Which was something I didn't agree with (maybe I'm in denial). Most of the photos are tragic. World is filled with tragic truths, and because of that, in most cases, photojournalism tries to convey messages that we should appreciate what we have. But I believe the world is filled with the good and the bad, and the good seems to be underrated most often in photojournalsim especially. Why is that so?

Sigh. Am I indenial? 

In the midst of all the photographed tragedies deemed as best stories of the world in '11, I saw this. The brightest among all.

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo   
Jos├ęphine Nsimba Mpongo, 37, practices the cello in the Kimbanguiste neighborhood of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste (OSK), Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra. During the day, Jos├ęphine sells eggs in Kinshasa’s main market, and rehearses with the orchestra most evenings during the week. The OSK was founded by its current conductor Armand Diangienda in 1994. Initially, just a few dozen musicians shared the small number of instruments they had at their disposal. Today, the OSK can muster 200 players for a concert. Most are self-taught amateurs who hold down day jobs all over the city. 
Photo credit:  
Panos Pictures for Der Spiegel 
Andrew McConnell speaks about the project: 
"I was sent on assignment by Der Spiegel magazine to photograph the Kimbanguiste Symphony Orchestra in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Two German filmmakers were in town to premier a movie they had made about the orchestra and I was to document the event. The orchestra practices at the conductor’s compound in the Kimbanguiste neighborhood of the city, a place filled with musicians that reverberates to the sounds of string, brass, wind and percussion instruments. The compound was separated from the street by green corrugated plastic and I made the picture with the intention of showing two worlds side by side, one chaotic, poverty ridden and sad, and the other rising above all that, beautiful, inspired, and full of possibility."

My heart sank, I was holding my tears, and acknowledged these amazing hidden creatures out there. That despite the chaotic life we live through, we should live passionately and embrace moments that make us the happiest in life. Easy, slow, true and close to heart.

World Press Photo, Kota Kinabalu 
Monday - Friday 11.00am - 10.00pm
Saturday - Sunday 10.00am - 10.00pm
1 Borneo Hypermall, Jln Sulaman 88400
KK, Sabah
            + 603 2333 2888      

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.


Noralip B.H. said…
Hi..Happy to hear that you drop by 2 the WPP exhibition.Yes. I agree with you about the wonderful shots and the outstanding work of art from the world class photojournalist.
Jacqkie Rowena said…
Noralip: Oh I loved it! I see you are a photojournalist too :) You have great pictures <3

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