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Sri Lanka - Cuba, Antipodal and photographic reflections

by Irangika Range

Sri Lanka-Cuba, Antipodal images and Photographic Reflections by Prof. Bo Lambert was presented at the Sri Lanka Institute of International Relations (SLIIR) Colombo on January 5.

Prof. Lambert presented the differences and the similarities of Sri Lanka and Cuba through the photographic reflections. For each picture there was a mirror image, one eye on the "Caribbean Paradise" (Cuba) other one on the "Pearl of Asia" (Sri Lanka).

Prof. Lambert got his Ph.D in Molecular Cell Genetics. He joined the Clinical Genetics Department of the Medical School at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden and later became professor of Genetic Toxicology. Presently, he is professor of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute and is involved in teaching and research concerning human and environmental metagenesis. He is an amateur photographer and often uses photos in lecturing to increase students' awareness and insight.

Prof. Lambert said a photographic exhibition called "Family of man" by Edward Steichen prompted him to take to photography. The exhibition displayed similarities and understanding the differences in the world in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He said Sri Lanka and Cuba are tropical islands with a salubrious climate on opposite sides of the world.

Both countries have multiethnical people with a rich cultural heritage.

He showed differences of the two countries through the reflections.

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