Aqaba, the only coastal city in Jordan. Aqaba is located at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea.
Beautiful nature, magnificent mountains horizon and incredibly welcoming people. Unfortunately, majority of population is living in poverty, country suffers of high corruption. Nevertheless, locals are very happy and proud to be asked to stop for a picture. “Welcome to Jordan”, they say and you do actually feel very welcome.
On 11 March 1990, Professor Vytautas Lansbergis headed the Parliamentary session during which the restoration of Lithuanian independence from the Soviet Union was declared. Lithuania became the first Soviet Republic to do so.
For a very long time I had a dream to meet Professor Vytautas Landsbergis. The first Head of State of the re-established independent Lithuania. It was my very personal dream to photograph the person who fought for the freedom and dignity of the whole nation. Person who inspired thousands.
In 1991 January events crowds of peaceful protesters stood against the Soviet empire’s aggressive attempt to overthrow the independent Lithuania’s government. The USSR’s willingness to use tanks and guns against peaceful civilian demonstrators became a wake-up call to the world to support Lithuania’s peaceful transition to independence. The image seen around the world, of music professor turned freedom fighter Vytautas Landsbergis steadfastly informing the world that he will not leave the Lithuanian parliament building. To those who were in Vilnius that winter, Vytautas Landsbergis will remain one of the most inspirational personalities of the era.
“… this musician was a very strong leader who talked pianissimo but acted forte. Like Charles De Gaulle in World War II, Landsbergis knew that his only source of power was his absolute inflexibility on matters of principle. His insight and personal will enabled him not just to navigate the perilous course that ultimately led to the restoration of his country’s independence after fifty-one years of Soviet occupation.” - Richard Nixon, Former US President, 1992I come from the very first generation of independent Lithuania. This is a part of my personal story that let me be Lithuanian today.
Victoria Model Steamboat Club, located by Model Boating Lake in Victoria Park, was established in the begging of last century (1904!) Today it is more than just a club, it is the social gathering and a part of the history of each and every member.
I was so fascinated the first time I saw these guys carefully placing their model boats into the lake that I couldn’t resist but approach one of their members
Keith Reynolds, who, as I found out later, is a Secretary of the Victoria Model Steam Boat Club. Keith got involved long time ago when his father found himself chatting to one of the members and just like me this time, got captivated by this idea. Today all four generations of Reynolds family is a part of this club!
These lovely people with incredible passion gather every other Sunday to socialise and continue traditions that goes 100 year back. They design, they build and fix or restore it themselves! Some of them are actual miniature versions of real life ones!
They were all so proud to be photographed. I guess, it’s not a surprise knowing how much love and care has been put into it. Club holds approximately 14 regattas a year on the pond as well as social get-together at the end of the year to keep the friendly spirit of the club away from a competition only culture.
In today’s fast pace life and environment, in the middle of one of the biggest metropolis in the world! It can’t get much more pure and beautiful.