Two more sets of photos from incoming students today. Enjoy!
The first set of photos are from Severine Koen, from Paris, France who will be joining the MIA program.
The following photographs were taken when I spent the first couple of months of 2010 in Uganda, working as a journalist for a weekly news magazine in the capital, Kampala. This first picture was taken in Kitintale, a suburb of Kampala. This skate park is the only one in East Africa and is the property of the Uganda Skateboard Union, a nationally registered NGO. In the late afternoon sun, it was quite impressive to watch the young skaters, who are all really good!
This second picture is from Gisenyi, in Rwanda, and was taken in the early morning. I was enchanted by the combination of the Rwandan guys just hanging out on their boda-boda (motorcycle) in the forefront and the still active Nyiragongo volcano in the background.
This last picture was taken on the Nile, at around 7am. The strange white stuff you can see floating is actually foam created by the impressive Murchison Falls, which are several kilometers upstream. It was an eerily peaceful moment.
The next set of photos are from Justin Jimenez an incoming MIA student.
Walking along the Bund one smoggy Shanghai morning, I saw this procession of ships trudging along the Huangpu River. With the maddening pace of construction in the city’s Pudong District across the river, I thought it was a fitting scene to open the day.
When traveling to the mountainous northern region of the Philippines, I tend to take overnight buses so I can sleep through the seven hour trek. As we stopped for our morning bathroom break on this particular trip, I woke up to the view of these incredible two-millennia-old structures — the Banaue Rice Terraces.
While exploring Angkor Wat, I came across this Cambodian boy drawing Khmer figures in the sand. Despite the massive losses that the country sustained during the Khmer Rouge, it was heartening to see that not all was lost.