(Excerpt from a passage in the book “Out of America. A black man confronts Africa” by Keith B. Richburg. ISBN 0-15-600583-2)
An African finance minister visits his counterpart somewhere in the Far East. “How come”, asks the African, “that you can afford such a big and beautiful mansion?”
The Asian guides his colleague to one of the balconies and answers: “You see that highway at the horizon. Build with money of the World Bank. 10 Percent for me”.
Years later the Asian visits the African and is astonished by the size and the beauty of his estate that exceeds his own multiple times. “Sjoo”, he says, “it seems that you are doing quite well here. How come?”
The African shows him to a point in the horizon: “Do you see that highway there?”
The Asian looks and looks and says: “I can’t see any highway.”
“Right”, the African finance minister says…
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These wonderful photographs by Elena Shumilova plunge the viewer into a beautiful world that revolves around two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends. Taking advantage of natural colors, weather conditions and her enchanting surroundings, the gifted Russian artist creates cozy and heartwarming photography that will leave you amazed.
The boys in the photographs are the photographer’s sons and the animals belong to the farm she runs. “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is” Shumilova explained.
Rural settings, natural phenomena and the changing seasons seem to be the greatest stimuli in her works. “When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and…
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