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2009 Photo Exhibition

The 2009 International Photography Exhibition featured 31 original photographs taken overseas by Ohio State students, staff and faculty. The Office of International Affairs annual Photography Exhibition includes a Best in Show winner, first, second and third place awards in three categories: People, Places and Food. Additional honorable mentions were also chosen to include in the exhibit.

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“7-11”
Location: Taipei, Taiwan – January, 2008
Photographer: Carly Peselnick
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “7-11 stores are visible on every street in Taiwan. What Americans think of as a convenience store pales in comparison to the stores in Asia. At 7-11 (Taiwan), you can mail packages, order concert tickets, print and fax documents, eat lunch, and pay your bills. This is not among my most stunning photos from my time in Taiwan, but I believe it defnitely is one of the most representative photos pertaining to the daily lives of citizens there.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“A Parmesan in Parma”
Location: Parma, Italy – April, 2007
Photographer: James Blankenship
University Affliation: Staff
Category: Food
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “I took this picture of a cheese wheel as I was walking down the street in Parma. True Parmigiano cheese is only made in one city – Parma, Italy.  I felt that the cheese outside the shop along with the refection in the window captured the bustling activity of the town.”

A Parmesan in Paris

2009 International Photography Exhibition
Location: Arugam Bay, Potuvil, Sri Lanka – July, 2009
Photographer: Senaka Goonewardena
University Affiliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: Best in Show

In the artist's own words: “Fishermen from the rural areas still pray to the sea gods before they set sail early dawn, praying for safety as well as a good catch. Their lifelines are in the fishing industry. Dipping in the sea and rising up with arms wide open is part of the ritual, which is done seven times before the fishermen set sail. The picture was taken at Arugam Bay, and it is one of the rare sites in Sri Lanka which this ritual is still practiced.”

A Praying Fisherman

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“A Valley”
Location: Inje, South Korea
Photographer: Sunmoon Kim
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “I took this picture at Mt. Bangte in Korea. It is the best picture out of 500 pictures that I took there. The scene is unbelievably beautiful and awesome.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“An Alley in Nazareth”
Location: Nazareth, Israel – July, 2009
Photographer: George Johnson
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: Places
Award: 3rd Place

In the artist's own words: “As I wandered through the narrow streets and alleyways of Nazareth, I came across this scene with a small cat in an empty alley with a broken chair and it immediately caught my eye as something special – the Nazareth less explored. The shades of gray and brown with little patches of green make the photo visually appealing and so many details beg to be revisited by the eyes time and time again.”

An Alley in Nazareth

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Bedu”
Location: Saudi Arabia – 2009
Photographer: Katarzyna Dembek
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.”

Bedu

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Chilean Girls”
Location: Valdivia, Chile
Photographer: Guojuan Zhang
University Affliation: Staff
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "Thinking, curious girls."

Chiliean Girls

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Chullpas de Sillustani”
Location: Puno, Peru – Summer, 2009
Photographer: Briana Yuh
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “Sillustani is a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo near Puno, Peru. Chullpas are tombs built above ground in tower-like structures. They are the vestiges of the Colla people, who were conquered by the Inca in the 1400s. The subject is a Peruvian woman dressed in traditional clothing with her rare and endangered vicuña alpaca. The vibrant pigments of her garments stand out against the barren background, just as there are spirited people living in
this rustic country.”

 

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Colossal Order”
Location: St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy – April, 2007
Photographer: Brian Simpson
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “The colonnade of St. Peter's Basilica is transformed throughout the day. It is a place where depending on the time of day and position of the sun there is great variation in its color and mood. It seems to serve mainly as a transition space from the city to the protection of the Basilica, while this image displays the space between and captures it during a warm and welcoming mood.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Desert Life”
Location: Central province, Saudi Arabia – September,
Photographer: Ibraheem Almuhanna
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “Footprints of a kangaroo rat.”

Ibraheem Almuhanna

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“El Caminito”
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina – August, 2007
Photographer: Marcela Santos
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: Places
Award: 1st Place

In the artist's own words: “La Boca is the most colorful district in Buenos Aires, and also an important cultural center. The crib of Argentinian tango, El Caminito, is a street originally formed by the Italian immigrants. Its colors and textures are not easily forgotten!”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Free Ride”
Location: Taksim Istanbul/Turkey – Summer, 2009
Photographer: Efe Demirag
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “A kid getting a free ride on the trolley at Istiklal St. Taksim. Istiklal is one of the most crowded streets in Istanbul, a place where you feel yourself at the center of the world.”

Free Ride

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Fresh Peach Marzipan”
Location: Loire Valley, France – Summer, 2008
Photographer: Briana Yuh
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Food
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “The French are well known for their passion for food, impeccable culinary taste, meticulous effort in pastry making, and world-class cuisine. Everything was freshly made in this charming bakery. I could immediately tell how much love and effort was put into the food. Not only does French food taste delicious, but it is also presented beautifully. These fresh peach marzipan desserts represent this aspect of the culture. Aesthetics and taste go together. Each individual marzipan was treated with such care and attention, as they were all colored exquisitely with little green leafs placed on top of each one.”

 

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Hellmut & Nara”
Location: Namibian Desert – February, 2009
Photographer: Kaeleigh Farrish
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Food
Award: 3rd Place

In the artist's own words: “This is a photo of a nomadic fruit farmer, Hellmut, whom three friends and I met with our guide Ernst while on a desert camping excursion in Namibia on our Semester at Sea voyage. He can be seen with his ‘nara' which he turns into fruit leather and sells. During the off season of the fruit he moves back to the hut where his wife and 7 children live.”

Hellmut & Nara

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“House Textures”
Location: Ankara Castle, Ankara, Turkey – August, 2009
Photographer: Majid Dadgar
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: Places
Award: 2nd Place

In the artist's own words: “This photo was taken from the Ankara Castle old district. The village houses together have made a kind of a visual texture.”

House Textures

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Ji Hyun”
Location: South Korea – July, 2009
Photographer: Michael Eizyk
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “This is Ji Hyun, one of my elementary students while I was teaching English in a small village in the southern part of South Korea. Over the six months that I taught English in her school, she became one of my favorite students. She was outspoken (a rarity as far as South Korean girls are concerned), positive, and full of radiant energy. Her family was very supportive of both her and her sister when it came to getting an education and learning English because they understood that this was the key to getting them out of the poor farming community where they lived.”

Ji Hyun

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“La Basilica”
Location: Quito, Ecuador – June, 2009
Photographer: Megan Colgan
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “I took this photo in my frst month of a three month study abroad program in Ecuador. The Basilica is a signifcant landmark in Quito and refects the history of religion and colonization within Ecuador. This photo captures the beauty of the city, and it is very close to my heart. It evokes the profound love I have for Ecuador, because I was truly moved by this place. When I look at this photo I realize how I was changed forever for the better by Ecuador, its culture, and people.”

La Basilica

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Life in Bangladesh”
Location: Savar, Bangladesh – June, 2009
Photographer: Andréa Paige Davis
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “This photo was taken while I was on a day trip two hours northwest of Dhaka with my language partner, a Bangladeshi university student. We had just disembarked from a wooden boat ride in a highly industrial area of the country. As we were pushing back to shore, a hoard of workers started their break hour. While we processed back up the hill they fell silent at the sight of us, and I could not pass up the opportunity to capture the spectacle.”

Life in Bangladesh

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Marching Mariachi”
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico – July, 2009
Photographer: James Baumann
University Affliation: Staff
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “After an evening of strolling through the merchant booths and stores of Playa del Carmen, haggling over prices for a sombrero and other gifts, my family was heading for a cab when this mariachi band marched past, in stride, going the opposite direction. My camera was at a slow shutter speed already because of the darkness so when I clicked the picture – without even aiming the camera – I got this wonderful atmospheric effect.”

Marching Mariachi

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Matunda”
Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar – August, 2009
Photographer: Mackenzie Rapp
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Food
Award: 1st Place

In the artist's own words: “This fruit stand is located in the central market in the city of Stone Town, Zanzibar. My friend and I stopped by the market while our group was waiting for our jeep to be repaired. This image captured my attention because we were hungry and the fruit was so colorful. The people in Stone Town are lucky to have so many options for their daily diet. In some parts of Zanzibar and Tanzania only two or three different types of fruit are grown. Nutrition is improved signifcantly when a variety of options are available.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Mihrab”
Location: Istanbul, Turkey – Summer, 2009
Photographer: Angela Andersen
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “The şakirin Camii is a mosque completed this year on the Asian side of Istanbul. Like all architectural projects, it involved a number of designers, including the woman who undertook the interior design: Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu. The light pours in through the screened glass that
lets illumination become a true element in the design. The mihrab, the niche indicating the direction of prayer is bold and solid within this setting, which draws the eye back to the solidity of the ground.”

Mihrab

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Solitude on Halong Bay”
Location: Halong Bay, Vietnam – February, 2009
Photographer: Gene Gilliom
University Affliation: Faculty
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “These are Karst mountains in Halong Bay, Vietnam – a World Heritage Site.”

Solitude on Halong Bay

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Sunrise on the Serengeti”
Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania – June, 2009
Photographer: Erin Richardson
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “I had the great opportunity to go on safari on the Serengeti plain during my stay in Tanzania this summer. Our guides woke us up early in the morning so we could watch the game chase. The sunrise on the plain was incredible, especially with the hot air balloons scouting the area overhead. ”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“The Colors of Turkey”
Location: Istanbul, Turkey – August, 2009
Photographer: Ibraheem Almuhanna
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Food
Award: 2nd Place

In the artist's own words: “Spice shop at the Grand Bazaar.”

The Colors of Turkey

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“The Floating Ballet”
Location: Jamaica – July, 2009
Photographer: Joshua Smith
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “The symmetry of this photo offers the sense of timing for this image. The sunset, the two foating trampolines, and the sailboat are almost dancing in harmony. It was, by no means, any talent of mine as a photographer to compose such a photograph; rather, it was merely the chance of time, probabilities of several events harmonizing into a smooth movement. Such is dance; although orchestrated, it is the harmonization of movements that brings beauty to the composition. From such a harmony one can derive thematics, meaning, emotion, passion, and more. For me this photo illustrates that timing is key to communication.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“The Garden In Every Childhood”
Location: Mahalakshi, Mumbai, India – December, 2008
Photographer: Bunty Mistry
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: 3rd Place

In the artist's own words: “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.”  A garden is a place for children anywhere in the world, a place where the frst sense of freedom rushes through. It is a place isolated from the harsh world and its cruelty and a playground of innocence. In a country such as India, especially in the congestion of Mumbai, many children don't have the fortune to even see a formal garden. But the creativity of children allows them to make their own gardens, wherever they may be in the world, as the boy in the picture has done.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“The Palace”
Location: Western Ghats, India – August, 2007
Photographer: Manjunath Venugopala Reddy
University Affliation: Graduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “This was taken during my trip to the dense forests of the western ghats in India. Working in the city in a 9 to 5 job and leading a hectic life, this trip was a welcome break. I saw this small house surrounded by beautiful evergreen forest on all sides in the middle of nowhere and this seemed more beautiful than any palaces I have seen in India.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“The Prisoner's Face”
Location: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Photographer: Bernhard Malkmus
University Affliation: Faculty
Category: People
Award: 1st Place

In the artist's own words: “The settlement Ushuaia, situated at the Beagle Channel in Southern Fireland (Tierra del Fuego) and overlooked by a magnifcent mountain range, became notorious in the early 20th century as the remote location of a high-security jail. The surrounding mountains and the cold sea made any escape attempt futile. Later on the prison was used for political convicts such as anarchist Simon Radowitzky and democrat Ricardo Rojas, as well as several minds behind the Revolution of 1955. The mural refects on one of the most vital issues of 20th century Argentine history, the battle between personal freedom and autocratic uniformity.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Traffic Jam”
Location: Mérida, Venezuela – July, 2009
Photographer: Jeff Dollard
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “Hiking through a farm on the outskirts of Mérida, the humor of the vintage contrast in this scene struck me. It reminds me of days gone by, yet these times still exist in another place. I believe the Volkswagon belongs to the farmer, who was driving alongside as his cows were ambling into the barn to be milked.”

Traffic Jam

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Wedding in the Snow”
Location: Qingdao, China – Winter, 2008
Photographer: Yuan Yue
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: 2nd Place

In the artist's own words: “A couple is taking wedding photos in the snow. It's like we are in a poetry. The dress is white, the roof is white, the beach is white, the sky is white, and the world is white. It is clear, romantic, graceful, silent, but energetic.”

2009 International Photography Exhibition
“Young Himba Woman”
Location: Kamanjab, Namibia – November, 2008
Photographer: Jessica Kania
University Affliation: Undergraduate Student
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the artist's own words: “This photo was taken in a traditional Himba community in Namibia. This Himba woman is unmarried but a prospective bride, as signifed by her large, stiff necklace. I found myself fascinated with the complicated and time consuming beauty rituals Himba women perform, one of which is covering the hair and body with a mixture of milk fat and ochre (a type of dried clay) to attain the unique hairstyle and reddish skin tone by which they are often distinguished. I found her to be an excellent example of how the Himba people value a beauty much different than our own, but she is, at the same time, awe strikingly lovely.”

Young Himba Woman