I was touched…

We went to Fotografiska Museum as our friend Lars suggested last Sunday to see exhibition of some famous photographer such as Albert Watson, Sarah Moon and Jonathan Torgovnik. It was a brilliant experience to witness the works of those photographer had produced. It kinds of give you ideas and inspirations how you can develop your skill in the photography world. Albert Watson has amazing technique of lighting. Through his works I can understand even more that lights can turn an ordinary object becomes extra ordinary. In any words, lights in photography is a key point that can make or break a photo. His range of works is so wide and as I read through internet after I got home, I more was convinced that he is the talented one! 🙂 Sarah Moon…, I found out that she is a unique photographer that has her own style and consistent with it. I love the way she develop the photos and give the old effect, especially the border of her works. Her pictures mostly are blurry but I think as a part of her style, those pictures still can show the beauty of the story that she wants to deliver. But the one that touched me the most was Jonathan Torgovnik…

To read the tittle of his exhibition Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape, it gave me a bit warning about what would I see, hear and read while browsing one by one of his works which were hanging in the wall of this museum. One story follows by another touches the deepest side of me. I never heard and known such tragedy that happened to those women. This is even worst than what I’ve read in Khalid Husseini’s book, A Thousand Splendid Sun. I wanted to stop myself to read after the first photo and its story but there was someone in me whispered in my ear…

“Continue… don’t stop now! Go, see, read and hear till the last picture and you’ll learn something from them!”

I continued my step and the more I saw and read the more I admired those strong women. I feel that I’m nothing compared with them and their story. I haven’t met them but through Torgovnik’s photos and those stories behind every picture, they teach me an important lesson in live, they show me the true meaning of being a survivor. Can you imagine… they witnessed their mom got raped by militiamen, they saw their husband, father, brother and sons got killed before their eyes, they themselves got raped by not one, not two but many militiamen. Many… by mean that some of those women lost count of how many men did those terrible act to them. Their tragedy was not stop there but continued with the pregnancy, delivered babies and were raising children that they never wanted in the first place. What choice did they have or… did they have a choice? I still can’t imagine how tough it must be to face their past, the sad memories in front of them… lives within the body of their child that some of those women even don’t know how to make a decision either to hate or to love the child of their raper.

To be honest, I won’t forget this photo exhibition. Their story reminds me how evil human can be and it hits me personally, to think how fortunate I am as a human being. It makes me even more grateful with everything that I have now. I told myself…

“There are a lot of things need to be learned. There are many duties ahead. There will be many obstacles along your way but you have seen today who the real survivor is and what they do in this life. You gain yourself a good reminder to not forget to say thank YOU for everything you had and have in life!”

Another lesson to remember and I thanked Lars to give us idea to come and see this exhibition…my pray and thoughts are with them, those beautiful Rwanda women.

To get to know more about those strong women, follow this link:


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About demaodyssey

A Balinese who is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. I love to write almost about everything and it helps me to understand more about myself and life.I love traveling, where I can learn a lot about other cultures, I love reading where I can improve my languages skill and learn about others through their works, and photography is one of my passions where I learn to understand nature deeper. I am a dream catcher... and will always be! Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoy to read my posts. Take care
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