In this edition of Global Impressions, we look back at the images and stories from the Global Encounters Photo contest. The past couple of years have been marred by international tragedy and uncertainty. For many of us who survived the catastrophe, the worst of which we hope is behind us, the solemnity brought a sort of reprieve, a seemingly much-needed break in the usual, fast-paced rhythm of productivity. Yet there are those of us who, for one reason or other, continued on our routines, despite the isolation and hygienic quarantine. And then there’s travel: for those of us fortunate– or forced–to leave home to travel abroad, we certainly didn’t take it for granted. We reflected on privilege; renegotiated the terms on which we want to understand the world around us. In fact, the photographers who submitted to our annual Global Encounters Photo Contest documented humanity and nature in various aspects of respite. Respite, which comes from the Latin respicere, meaning to observe back-ward; re-regard; reconsider, appears to recur thematically across the submissions we received. Gaze backwards with a present perspective and wisdom, and reconsider some of your favorite Global Encounters admissions.
Guest Editors, Emma Davis ’25 and Merisa Skinner Ada Comstock