How do we hold on to hope in the midst of a crisis? We take a moment to remember the power of resilience and our ability to change and sustain as we make our way out of a pandemic-stricken world. We turn our gaze to the little things: a ray of sunshine, the colour yellow, the beauty of craftsmanship, a child’s laugh and the dawn of a brighter, more aware future for those who will inherit the earth. Our message of hope is captured by photographer Hashim Badani, who says of his vision, “It is our natural instinct to protect and nurture, and hope to leave a better world for those who come next. We owe them this.”
Photographed by DAID0 MORIYAMA
This photograph taken by one of Japan’s leading photographers, Daido Moriyama, shows a town at dusk with Mount Fuji beyond the cityscape. Moriyama has made it a principle for himself to not tie any “meaning” with his works. We just look at the photograph, feel something and carve this process as experience into our memory. That is why our imagination continues to expand through his photos. One day, this year, at dusk Mount Fuji appeared as a silhouette floating behind the approaching darkness on the cityscape in his lens. The photo was taken through a window of his home in Tokyo. A symbol of unwavering nature and beauty for the Japanese, its presence dwells in the hearts of the people living in the city. In Japan, where about 70 per cent of the land is mountainous, mountain worship has been widespread since ancient times. Mount Fuji is a special mountain and a symbol of that worship. When people look up to it, they get struck with a feeling of awe towards nature, and they feel a spiritual cleansing. Even now, Mount Fuji continues to be a source of pride and a symbol of daily hope for the people. In addition, it is also an active volcano. In that sense, Mount Fuji is a presence that holds together the tension between nature and humans in its perfect silhouette. It reminds us that humans are a part of nature and admonishes us to treat nature well. Moriyama’s photographs show us that light cannot appear without darkness, respectively, light cannot be seen without seeing darkness as well. For the Japanese, darkness and light are a single entity. This is because the world is not made up by just “one side”.
Photographed by KATHRIN SPIRK
German-born scientist Prof Dr (med) Marylyn Addo, 50, radiates a smile of hope and confidence that a vaccine against COVID-19 will be soon available. The medical director at the university hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf is a professor for emerging infections and one of the worldwide leading experts for virology and tropical diseases. After the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Addo played a leading role in developing VSV-EBOV against the deadly virus. Besides, the mother of two kids also played a leading role in research and development of a vaccine against the MERS virus. And now, her latest challenge: COVID-19. She says, “I know it feels like a vaccine should have been available already three months ago, but overall I am deeply impressed how fast things can happen if many of us act in concert.” The picture of Addo was taken by photographer Kathrin Spirk at the laboratory of Heinrich Pette Institute/Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendor. After the photo shoot, Addo jumped on her kick scooter and rushed to her next appointment. Without this vehicle it would be impossible to manage her daily business, she says. Nor without her kind optimism and her calm authority.
Photographed by ALASDAIR MCLELLAN
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