Known as the Category 5 super typhoon Yolanda was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. Formed on November 3, 2013 and dissipated by November 11th.
According to official records, Typhoon Haiyan was one of the deadliest Philippine typhoons on record - killing at least 6,300 people while completely destroying cities and towns. (Storm surges were reported to be as high as 4 meters, waves as high as 4.6 m (15 ft), and wind gusts ranged from 230 km/h up to 315 km/h) -The survivors were left to pick up the broken pieces of their lives, communities, and families.
Hit hard with the brutal reality of lost loved ones, destroyed homes & livilihoods, contaminated food/water sources, and faced with health/sanitation/hygiene issues, locals along with NGOs and government offices still work diligently to this today to bring back some peace, structure and digity back in the peoples' lives . Developing effective sustainable projects in local communities and piece by piece putting their lives back together.
In 2014, I was fortunate enough to be a part of this wonderful team through Water Mission, USA, Craig Williams, and the amazing local leaders within the communities. The goal of the project is to provide clean/safe drinking water to areas hit and destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda. This project is onging and has helped hundreds if not thousands with access to clean/safe drinking water - empowering communities to get back on their feet after a devastating natural disaster. I worked to document the voice and stories of these survivors - capturing all the hard work that Water Mission and communties have put in to rebuilding and supporting families and children in need.
Taiwan's yearly Matsu Pilgrimage Festival is said to be the largest religious procession in the world.
The Matsu Festival is considered to be one of the most important festivals in Taiwan. According to Culture21, "In 2009, UNESCO listed Mazu Belief and Customs as “Intangible Cultural Heritage”, underlining the importance of its cultural values. “Taichung City Mazu International Festival” was created under the principle of respecting traditions and rituals as well as preserving cultural heritage and passing on the folk cultures. As a result, Mazu art exhibitions and related activities are organized in Mazu worshipped temples even in other art and cultural institutions."
"Mazu (also Matsu), the Goddess of the Sea, migrated to Taiwan with the people of Fujian Province in the 17th century and became one of the most revered deities on the island, where today about 870 temples are dedicated to her worship." - She is also said to protect fishermen and sailors, and is invoked as the patron deity of all Southern Chinese and East Asian persons.
As a guest photographer of the Taipei Representative Office in CPH, Denmark - I traveled to document this cultural event. I was given the unique opportunity to experience the Taiwanese hospitality, culture and customs and capture these moments in photographs. After completing this trip, together with the Taipei office in Copenhagen, we organized a public photo exhibition show. It was a great turnout and an absolute honour to be a part of such an intercultural project.
Mombasa is Kenya's second largest city with a population of around 1.2 million and poverty is rampant - according to The World Bank (1015/16), 36.1% of the population live on less than $1.90 per day.
Life is especially dangerous for children and young people living on the streets who are subject to drugs, prostitution and crime. Junior is a native Kenyan living in Sweden, and many years ago he started a Socceer for Africa project to help kids in his home community of Mombasa get off the streets and back into school. With his love of soccer, he realized troubled youth could focus on soccer and it would help improve their direction in life. Today, he has helped hundreds of kids return back to school and stop a life of crime and drugs.
I met Junior in Copenhagen, Denmark and he convinced me to travel with him to Keyna to document his project. He used the images, interviews, and stories written to promote the project for improved funding so he could expand and help more children.
During my time in Kenya, I was able to not only document the incredible soccer games, but the lives and conditions of the kids and their families. I was struck by the togetherness and optimism of everyone in the communities and of those involved in the project despite clear financial hardships.
In the face of a chronic lack of resources and opportunities, everyone worked hard to ensure these kids had a place to play, a ball to kick, uniforms to wear, clean water to drink and food in their bellies.
We visited a few schools that accepted many of these children back into their educational programs. Junior's project also funds kids the money for school, supplies, uniforms and the like. So, in many ways, this is a full circle project that looks at every level of helping youth - he is paying it forward to his home community in more ways than just soccer.
In addition, it was an incredible honour to document a cultural festival exploring with the lens all the activities, local food, traditional dances, customs and music from Mombasa and local towns. It was an incredible experience I will always cherish - seeing the joy, love and rich culture of Kenya!
"The joint photography exhibition A Life Fragment – a Danish Eye on Israel and an Israeli Eye on Denmark provides an extraordinary opportunity to look at Israel and Denmark through the camera lenses of two highly talented photographers – israeli Leonid Padrul and Pamela Juhl. These two photographers were able to capture some of the beauty and uniqueness which our two countries hold. Denmark and Israel share many similarities.
They have vibrant cultural creativity, they are innovative and they are both democracies. There are aspects on the affinity of the two nations which are not immediately visible, but their presence is strong in the collective memory of many citizens of our countries, such as the rescue of Jews in Denmark during World War II, the Danish support for the founding of the state of the Jewish people and the contribution of tens of thousands of Danish volunteers who, through the years, worked in Kibbutz communities in many parts of Israel. Artists get together at times, for joint projects of great value. The Danish/Israeli connection comes well into expression in this exhibit. It is our hope that all who see it will enjoy it.
Arthur Avnon - Ambassador of Israel to Denmark
"Pamela Juhl, master of reportage photography, readily plunged into the turbulent torrent of Israeli life, pierced by the baking sun, so that even the shadows appear white. Her photographs captured the contrast between ancient Jerusalem and ultramodern Tel Aviv, its skyscrapers’ windows gleaming and washed by the warm waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Within an hour›s drive from Jerusalem stretches the Judean Desert. Its Qumran Caves still keep their secrets. The land of Israel retains vestiges of previous millennia."
A life fragment : the Israeli-Danish exhibition by photographers Leonid Padrul and Pamela Juhl : A Danish eye on Israel and an Israeli eye on Denmark / (curator, Ellina Kvitkovsky
editing & production, Ellina Kvitkovsky
English translation, Sergei Makarov)