kraftymiles

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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Posted by kraftymiles on June 2, 2008

They say that a picture paints a thousand words, and in our case, that last picture over at Flickr
Does just that. It was the last day of a rather enjoyable year travelling and taking photos and you can see that we are just sooo happy to be returning to England. Two days later and we were just that. You see, we’d planned to return to England from Sri Lanka on the 13th January 2005 but we moved the flights forward a couple of weeks to Xmas eve to surprise our parents. So we duly came home on Xmas eve, (the pic was taken just before we got on the flight) and everyone was happy but we were slightly down about the whole thing. Then Xmas day came and went and when we woke on the morning of the 26th we were indeed very happy to be home and not back in SL, where that room of the pic was completely destroyed by the tsunami. Just about everyone we had met in that last month there had had their homes and in some cases family members taken away by the wave.

Like I said, we were glad to be alive.

But, taking that initial point, I remember reading Umberto Eco saying that whilst it does paint a thousand words, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Taking a photo of a place means that you don’t have to think too much about how that place makes you feel; thinking about what words you need to describe it. Taking a video of a place takes that one step further and you can forget about using vocabulary at all. So, when we went away, I had that in my mind as alongside the 10,000 (film) photos I took i can describe what every one made me feel, where it was and what we were doing at the time. I can even remember the ones that never turned out, such as the shots of the demonstrations in Argentina taken from a balcony.

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One Response to “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words”

  1. My memory is pretty awful, but taking a photograph refreshes my memories and brings it all back. I could recognise more people in the street that I have photographed at pride london or the lord mayors show than many people I have spoken with.

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