Dec 24, 2022 (TM)
Bạn yêu dấu,
Tôi có vài niềm vui nho nhỏ. Trong bốn tháng vừa qua, năm bức hình tôi chụp gần đây được giải trong những kỳ thi ảnh hàng tháng Monthly Competition từ September đến December 2022 của hội nhiếp ảnh International Photographic Society (IPS) của World Bank/International Monetary Fund.
IMF và World Bank thành lập hội nhiếp ảnh IPS chỉ vài năm sau khi United Nations thành lập World Bank/IMF năm 1944 sau Thế Chiến thứ Hai, mục đích tài trợ cho các nền kinh tế bị chiến tranh tàn phá của Âu Châu. Sau khi Âu Châu được phục hồi thì sứ mệnh của World Bank và IMF chuyển hướng qua các nước kém phát triển. Những bức ảnh những thành viên góp nhặt từ những vùng đất xa xôi kém may mắn mang đầy ý nghĩa đằng sau. Tôi luôn tìm một ý nghĩa đằng sau. Một bức hình chỉ gây chú ý khi nó đi vào lòng người và nói lên được điều gì, when it can speak.
Đêm đã khuya.
Đêm mai là Silent Night, tôi mong tất cả bình yên.
Dec 24, 2022
Judge Scott Robinson: This just blew me away. Oh, do I wish that was mine. It got such a beautiful moment there and it got mystery. You don’t know who the person in the photo is, a man, a woman or a child but compositionally, they’re in the perfect spot. Then you have the water out there with the clouds with so many details around the edge of the shadow, and it looks like maybe a little bit of wind blowing on the hair. All of those with the bird in the corner with the perfect wing span is just really beautiful.
I hope the photographer who took this picture went home with that photo shoot feeling good about it because this is really nice. It’s super, it looks like it can be a painting. I can’t find anything wrong with it. I can’t even think of anything that I can add to it. So, Mai, just step back, step into your victory, enjoy your mystery, and bravo, that’s really nice.
Mai: Thank you Scott. I’m so honored that you awarded this photo. I took it on Lake Champlain in a very early morning when the lake was placid and calm. I come here often, at least twice a year and it’s always beautiful. I got home with a lot of nice shots from this lake.
Scott Robinson: I can’t imagine you got anything nicer than that. It’s so peaceful and I bet it can be a beautiful print on the wall so you can just take a deep breath and relax and enjoy it.
Fergal O.: Congratulations Mai. Scott, I should let you know that Mai is the Photographer of the Year last year and continuing with this effort.
Scott Robinson: This is both simple and complicated at the same time. To me, a good picture make you think about it, about what’s going on. In this case, you don’t know who the person is, a monk?. I don’t know what the book is about, it’s kind of mysterious, but the composition is just so simple I just love it. There are details in the background but not too much, light is soft and on the person. It leads me to want to know more. There’s so much light and darkness arount it but there are enough details to bring your eyes to it. The composition is perfect leading your eyes to the subject and the details that support the subject. It’s so nice a picture for sure.
Judge Sam Kittner: I love this picture, and actually lose sleep and keep thinking about it. I love it so much, it evokes so much. I love the motion, the waves, the reflections in the water, the smoothness and softness of the waves, the silhouette of the person walking. I really do love this image and it can be nunber one easily.
Lovely, really one of the most provocative images.
Mai: I took this picture on Huntington beach in California after the sun went down to the horizon. It was in the blue hour when all the colors in the sky popped out and reflected on the water.
Judge Gary: The two girls with the huge smiles on their faces jumping ropes are just so endearing. The color is just fabulous throughout.
Mai: Thank you Gary for choosing this picture. I took it in an old quarter in a poor neighbourhood in central Vietnam. The joy on the children’s faces just caught my attention against a background of poverty. This is one of my favorites.
Judge Scott Lassman: There’s so much depth in this photo and the calmness of the whole scene makes you feel peaceful. It looks like a black and white photo but the yellow color at the top makes it pop and gives depth to the photo.
Mai: Thank you Scott for choosing this. I took this one on Lake Champlain in Essex New York in an early morning when the sun just came up at the golden hour. I was standing on the edge of the street shooting down at the pier.
Scott Lassman: Thank you for sharing. It’s really beautiful.
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Đêm nay Silent Night.
Tôi mong tất cả bình yên.
TO DRIVE THE COLD WINTER AWAY