Where We've Been: 2012 International Law Student Photography Exhibition

February 22, 2012

The Western University Faculty of Law International Law Association and Law Photo Club are proud to present the first International Student Photo Exhibition, "Where We've Been," during the month of March, in the halls of the Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building.  The opening reception will take place Monday, February 27th, from 12:30 to 2:00pm.

The exhibition recognizes the diversity and passion of students' international connections, and offers the university and the community exposure to the creative and adventurous side of the next generation of young lawyers.

The extent and depth of student interest in international experience and studies at the school is rocketing. Twelve student artists and sixteen photographs were selected from a pool of 283 entries by jurors Brianna and Ewan Phelan, of London-based ‘The Last Forty Percent Photography’. The visions and talent of the students are generously supported by the law firm Harrison Pensa LLP. Printing by Reade’s Photo Imaging.

"In this age of global convergence, having some sort of international experience is, in my view, essential to succeed, especially in the practise of law. This is especially so because the Canadian courts have frequently taken a comparative law approach in solving novel cases.... [T]he finest aspect about gaining experience in a ‘foreign’ jurisdiction is meeting a variety of people with diverse societal conceptions and realizing that, despite our subtle differences, we are all inextricably bound by the common thread of humanity."

- Matthew Stroh, 2007 intern at the Caribbean Court of Justice in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

London media are cordially invited to attend the opening reception in the lobby of the law school: Monday, February 27, 12:30-1:30 pm.

For information contact: Harold Godsoe: 519.851.0367 | hgodsoe@uwo.ca


1Harold Godsoe.
Bangkok, Thailand.

This is a monastery school hidden behind storefronts in the heart of Bangkok. There are six stories to it, with walkways on each level open to a couryard that it shared with local businesses and a temple. The overall appearance was like a birdcage. The young student monks were lined up, waiting to go somewhere, and happy to talk with a stranger.


2Alexandra MacKenzie.
Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand

This photograph of the Fig Tree Buddha was taken during a short trip to Thailand with my mother, while both my parents were living in Taiwan. We spent an afternoon exploring the ruins of the old kingdom of Ayutthaya, and at sunset returned to Bangkok by boat on the Chao Phraya River.


3Milad Haghani.
Washington, DC, United States

International Organizations was the best course I've taken in law school. This picture was taken in the context of that course in January 2011. It shows the inside of one of Washington Metro stations. Designed by Harry Weise (1915-1998), most of Washington's subway stations enjoy the same beautiful architecture.


4Zoe Ramirez-Reeves.
Hanoi, Vietnam

After traveling for a month in Vietnam, from the southern city of Saigon, motorcycling the Ho Chi Minh Trail of the Central Highlands, trekking the rice paddies in northern Sapa, and floating along the limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, I arrive in the city of Hanoi. Like the street food hawker, these telephone poles are a common sight along the winding streets of the Old Quarter.


5Evelyn Wong.
Yangshuo, China

This picture was taken during a four hour boat ride on the Li River (Li Jiang) connecting Guilin to Yangshuo. Boat rides along the 100 kilometer long Lijiang River are famous for breathtaking scenery - a feature of many ancient Chinese paintings. It was hit with a very strong rainstorm that day, and the misty air and foggy skies ended up adding a unique mood.


6Noah David Hobson.
Cairns, North Queensland, Australia

This photo was taken on the tropical estuary of Cairns as we were heading out of Cairns Harbour on a fishing trip in hopes to catch the famous barramundi (a featured entree at many North Queensland restaurants). We caught cod.


7Jessica Elie.
Madurai, India

This photo was taken at a temple in a rural area outside of the city of Madurai, filled with terracotta horses and elephants dedicated to Ayyanar, a guardian deity and the protector of rural villages. The man is an Ayyanar priest who tends to the temple and shrine every day, dedicating his life to seek protection for his small village.


8Jessica Elie.
Varanasi, India

This city is among the holiest in India, regarded as the birthplace of Buddhism and one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus. In the background you cna see one of the many temples located along the banks of the river. The city is filled with vibrant colours, much like the boats in the photo. The spirituality and energy of Varanasi is truly palpable, especially when riding along the river.


9Julia Brown.
Bonifacio, Corsica, France

It took two and a half hour of nausea-inducing driving (to cover 130 kilometers) to get to Bonifacio from Ajaccio, but it was worth it. It's an improbable city, perched on a cliff that juts out over the Mediterranean - one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.


10Evelyn Wong.
Hong Kong

The city is renowned for its beautiful skyline where every night, a light show dubbed the "Symphony of Lights" adds music, lasers, LEDs and searchlights that costs Hong Kong $44 million HKD a year (~$5.6m CAD). This picture was shot from Victoria Peak, at 1811 feet, the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. The skyscrapers and the orange light trails of cars rushing through the city at night truly represents the buzz of the Hong Kong city.


11Faith Feldman.
Nanyuki, Kenya

This photo depicts the last few minutes of sunlight on day in May 2011. I was one of 13 student ambassadors selected by the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research to visit Kenya in an effort to gain first-hand knowledge about the disease affecting millions and bring our awareness home to Canada. For more information and to donate, visit www.canfar.com.


13Jenny Neiman.
Birigui, Sao Paulo, Brazil

It was a hot stifling day in the outskirts of the favela. He was bedridden, his body lay twisted under the sheets. He prayed with fervor, filling the room with his hope. After I left I found out that he was dying of hansenaise (leprosy).


14Daniela Taglioni.
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland.

This place is considered the "Top of Europe" with stunning views of the Bernese Alps, France's Vosges mountains, and Germany's Black Forest. One of my favourite memories of this experience was the hour long journey to the top through the Alps on a cogwheel railway first built a century ago.


15Charlie Pettypiece. 
Lampang, Northern Thailand.

This image was taken on Kewlorn Lake in the province of Lampang. While on a 3-day rock climbing trip, I awoke at 5am on our raft, rolled over and snapped this picture of a fisherman checking his nets in the morning fog. I promptly fell back asleep and forgot all about the dream-like experience until reviewing my photos the next day.


16Jenny Neiman.
Coroados, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The fumes were overpowering as the materials were being mixed to make bricks. The migrant workers had little food, they lived in concrete shells, and had no acces to health care. A brick doesn't always make a home. This litter girl and her brothers were hungry, staving it off with pacifiers they had long outgrown.