In the book The Stranger by Albert Camus, the protagonist, a man named Meursault, is sentenced to death essentially for being not sad enough about his mother dying. He is considered a stranger in the society because he did not behave in the way people assume one should whenever they face a personal tragedy. The story was a medium through which Camus wanted to show that if you don’t maintain a certain façade, to meet the societal standards of what is deemed right and wrong, or in his own word “when one doesn’t play the game”, you are considered a dangerous alien capable of bringing ruin to the community, and society at large.
Politics is the most powerful divider and unifier in societies of all hues. It can not only turn people off, but also work wonders in split seconds. Nonetheless, its fallout differs from one society to other. It is largely determined by the degrees of its denizens’ inclination toward the dominant narratives of the times in corresponding countries or societies.
Drinking is universally accepted as a normal practice across cultures and societies notwithstanding its perilous implications on health. The world may never have seen the drinking habit of one guy (read Bret Ka vanaugh, recently installed the United States Supreme Court Justice) until it triggered such an impassioned discourse.
Pablo Bartholomew has traversed an untiring journey as a photographer. Having spent over four decades in photography, he remembers acquiring early skills in visual art from his father at home. At just 19, he won the World Press Photo Award for his series ‘Morphine Addicts’ in 1975. Another prestige followed him in the form of ‘Picture of the Year’ in 1984 for his work that showed a half-buried dead body of a child victim of the disastrous Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Also a 2013 Padma Shri recipient, he is currently in his official visit to Kathmandu as the Jury Chair for the 5th Edition of IME- Global IME Bank Photo Contest and Exhibition 2018 which is being organized by Photo Journalist (PJ) Club.