TOKYO (AP) — Olympics opening ceremonies typically concentrate on going large. They love to make use of grandeur and pomp and massive visuals — fireworks, acrobatics, athletes marching en masse, choreography that is most impactful from a distance or on TV.
However when the athletes paraded in Friday evening on the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, Related Press photojournalist Petr David Josek determined to have a look at it a bit in another way this time round.
When the athletes marched, he used his 400 mm lens — which is a really lengthy lens. He went small. Zoomed in. Froze the second. Paid consideration to the little issues.
What emerged was a pleasant sea of element — a mosaic of cultures and fashions and traditions.
Says Josek, a Czech Republic native: “Each Olympics there may be quite a lot of speaking concerning the uniforms, and plainly some nations are actually making an attempt to make their mark within the ceremony. They both get well-known designers or they only provide you with some fascinating stuff to make their uniforms particular. There was quite a lot of controversy concerning the Czech uniforms again residence. So I used to be to see what different nations would deliver.”
His digital camera discovered, amongst different issues: boots from Bhutan striped with a multicolored gumdrop design. Detailed lime-green embroidery on a shirt from Cameroon. Splashes of custard yellow and royal blue in pants from Malaysia. The shiny black stripes of a Colombian hat.
The photographs that Josek made reveal the personalities of athletes and cultures. They convey out textures and colours. They usually present, in close-up type, precisely what Olympics organizers say they need to spotlight: the great and fascinating issues that occur when the world’s athletes come collectively.
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