“Students in SGS travel far and wide for research, language training and internships. Through these photos, they bring the sights, sounds and memories of these far-off places back to us and share their experiences with a wider audience,” said JANE STAHL, office manager for Stanford Global Studies. “The photos are just extraordinary, and judging them is always so difficult.”
More than 100 images were judged, and some of the winning photos are featured here. To see others, visit the Stanford Arts website.
Picking Up Speed: “The photograph of giraffes running across the Serengeti in Africa was taken during a safari I took with my family. One doesn’t normally think of giraffes as especially fast or elegant runners, but Ioved seeing them disprove this. Plus, the early morning light made them look absolutely majestic!” — Allison Mickel (Islamic Studies)
Candy Man: “This picture was taken in the neighborhood of Colaba in Mumbai, India, in a candy shop. The reason I like this picture so much is because of the dominant role the candies play in the overall composition, symbolically reflecting some of what India can offer (or at least what the West captures at first glance) – taste, color, smell and hospitality. All big and extravagant. The twisted reflection of the smiley candy man’s face completes this image, calling us to revisit our initial – Western – premises.” — Ravid Itay (Handa Center)
I’ve Been Through the Desert on a Horse With No Name: “While exploring Floripa’s beaches in Brazil, I came across this horse and set up the shot. He had the most soulful eyes and we stared at one another for minutes. By whitewashing the sky, I’ve captured the “other worldliness” of our interaction as well as maintained our reflection in the wet sand.” — Allie Ballesteros (Latin American Studies)
Life of Pi: “Kerala is the southernmost point of India. I rented a small boat to float on the water and chill, feeling my own life. It was so serene and peaceful.” — Megumi Yoshinaga (East Asian Studies)
Flown: “I spent a year conducting research among the Bedouins living in Petra, Jordan, for my doctoral dissertation. My research concerned their experiences with the archaeological remains at Petra, and I took this picture on a day when the guys I was especially close with started playing around at the Temple of the Winged Lions. They made a seesaw out of some excavation equipment, and looking back, I read this picture as the embodiment of the difference between how archaeologists experience archaeological remains – as a research site – and how the local community does – as a home.” – Allison Mickel (Islamic Studies)