Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Picture That Needs 1000 Words: II

A Picture That Needs 1000 Words: II

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. It basically runs down to meaning that the picture speaks for itself. What is often overlooked is the fact that pictures aren't always as clear as they present themselves. Sometimes they need a voice to add a story to it. In this series of images I'll continue to show a single image and give you some back story to bring out a new meaning to the image.

This is just a happy dude taking a picture in front of an old bus. What you dont know is that he died in that bus a few weeks later of starvation after the river he crossed to get there filled and he couldn't get back the way he came. To add to the irony, it turns out that there was a ferry crossing just a few miles upriver that would have saved his life, but Chris McCandless did not believe in maps. The photo was found undeveloped in his camera along with his body. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_McCandless

You may remember him by book and movie called Into the wild. While he died on his ventures it didn't change the fact that he actually went out there to discover life. Lived it to the best that he could, the way that he could. Most of all, the way that he wanted to. Not many of us can say that we are living to our fullest right now.

On my death bed, have it be on a magic bus or in a home up in Santa Barbara, I want to say that I lived a life that's full. To a simple image. One that can't say a lot, but it can tell a story if you look deep enough.

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