I’ve posted a couple of times about the visual lushness of Excelente, the premium-class cabin magazine Ink produces for Iberia but what I haven’t mentioned is the quality of the feature stories. The May issue, cover above, has a couple of absolute gems.
There’s the profile of Takuya Ishimine, 55 years old, born and raised in Osaka, who fell in love with reggae after hearing Bob Marley’s Redemption Song on Japanese radio. He managed to get himself sent to Jamaica as an employee of a Japanese coffee company but then he was made redundant. Instead of packing up and returning home he took over ownership of a Kingston record store after its Jamaican owner was gunned down and killed.
For the last three years, in his loosely fitted, patterned cotton shirts, khaki shorts and flip-flops Ishimine opens up shop each morning, even though he can go several days without a sale. To supplement his income he serves Blue Mountain coffee and hand-makes record sleeves from assorted colours of cartridge paper. ‘Jamaica is still a paradise for me and now I can “eat a food” [make some money] and enjoy myself here,’ Ishimine told journalist Patricia Meschino. The photographs are by Chema Llanos.
Then there’s this:
The Eva Jocelyn arrived in the neighbourhood of Anibong – District 68 of the city of Tacloban – along with a host of other tragedies, when Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda by its victims, swept through the Philippines. The 3,000-tonne cargo ship had been anchored in San Pedro Bay, on the San Juanico Strait, with its 19 crew members onboard. At 7am on 8 November 2013, Yolanda’s screaming 316kmph winds launched the ship at the capital of the Eastern Visayas Islands. It flew like a toy boat through the streets, adding to the devastation suffered by 80% of the structures in the city. Sliding to a halt, it embedded itself in the house of Estrella Moro. The bow pierced the second floor of the Moro home and there it stopped, the last voyage of the Eva Jocelyn.
That’s the opening paragraph of the story that goes on to describe how the Eva Jocelyn, which brought destruction to a Filipino village, rapidly became a focal point for the devastated community as the ship’s auxiliary engine provided a sole source of electricity. Local businesses like soft-drink sellers set up close by, while elderly card players found the shadow cast by its looming hull was a cool place to sit and the women did their laundry there.
It reads like something from the pages of a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, except the tale is true and there are stunning photos to prove it. Both words and pictures are by Spanish photo-journalist Daniel Burgui Iguzkiza.
Credit also to Ink editor Jesus Huarte for unearthing these amazing stories. (Posted by AndrewH)