The World in Images.

Asia & Far East


                  A closer look to the Asian people and Kingdoms described by Marco Polo.

 

Marco Polo´s journey to the Far East allowed for the western travelers to create images around a new space and its diverse cultures.  In Marco Polo work he mentioned the "great man, the man who on certain days  was sending some messages to all of its regions to see if his people had suffered losses in their crops due to hail, drought or any other reasons.The 'great man', the Great Khan of the Mongols, was described by Marco Polo as a kind and gentle man who protected his people and helped them when they we passing through difficulties.

Far beyond the stories from Marco Polo, an ambiguous image about the other persons in the earth, was built;  it was neither good nor bad, but different. it was then understood that cultures seen or heard by the travelers have different traditions, which should be observed, commented and criticized.

Marco Polo´s journey allowed the western travelers to reflect a new vision of the world and put the first stones for a better understanding of the races that still survives in time.

joe recam,sri lanka, photography, black and white

Sri Lanka

Each traveler arriving to Sri Lanka keeps inside his mind a particular reason that led him to approach to this wonderful country which Marco Polo dubbed "the most beautiful island in the world".

Some people go to the former Ceylon in search of exoticism, some of them want to discover its exuberant nature ... and all, absolutely all of them are committed with the hospitality of its people. 

joe recam,Tibet, photography, black and white

Tibet

The feelings when arriving to Lhasa, capital of Tibet are hard to describe. I would say it is a  bittersweet taste.

Sweet for its historical legacy: an ancient kingdom, now forbidden and only accessible having some special permissions. A mystical city surrounded by mountains; a place where colors are more vivid and air is much purer and clear than in any other place in the world.

 

joe recam,Nepal, photography, black and white

Nepal

Being surrounded by the Himalayas, belonging to a region with seven places selected by UNESCO as World Heritage or living with  people with a sense of generosity that does not know any kind of limits, are reasons  more than enough for a successful journey to the Kathmandu Valley, an area of the world that until the arrival of tourism, remained stuck in time.

joe recam,Vietnam, photography, black and white

  Vietnam

Before six in the morning, with the very first rays of sun, many Vietnamese citizens living in the great Hanoi gather around Hoan Kiem lake to start the day practicing exercise. Groups of people practicing tai chi, aerobics and, above all, a crowd of people walking, running or riding a bike around the lake. As you approach, some shops begin to raise their blinds and some locals do make some stretches trying to get ready for the  long working day ahead.



India

Amigos de Odisha is an NGO working in India for the last 17 years.  From the very first moment of its birth, just after a first approach to the local tribes from Odisha Region they realized these communities do own plenty of cultural richness on their origins...these tribes do also suffer serious problems due to a very important lack of basic needs. During these years, the NGO has put its focus and efforts in the generation of activities that become to a final result of a better way of living of those in Odisha Region.

 

On this collaboration in between the NGO and Joe Recam,  we join our voices, efforts and the unique way of seeing from Joe Recam as a photographer, that results  in a exhibition picture champaign  throughout the Spanish territory  with the clear intention to make aware to the spectator of the complex indian women reality these people do suffer day by day.

 

 

Photographer: Joe Recam

 "You have to anticipate the shot because everything happens in one hundred fiftieth of a second or less. The light, intensity, composition, the dignity of the people ..."

 

 

 

                   

 

"To photograph is to put on the same line of sight the head,

the eye and the heart.”

 

 Henry Cartier-Bresson