NANPA continues on with Pro day tomorrow, but we’ll be heading south to visit Dr. Singh on Monday. This evening we saw the James Balog movie, “Chasing Ice,” where he positioned cameras on 30 or so glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and Montana and took time lapse imagery of the melting glaciers. Sobering to say the least.
Art Wolfe received a lifetime achievement award and his retrospective and body of work was amazing! When one sees the environmental work of Balog and the documentation of the world’s natural history by Wolf, it’s natural to begin to question the purpose of one’s own work.
So, right when I’m in the throes of questioning if what I do matters at all, an interesting thing happened. A man came up to me and said that he had my books, and wanted to meet me. What made this unusual was the seriousness of his tone. He continued on to say that he read through my books and found them comforting while he was at the hospital with his wife during a serious illness. Of course, I expressed my concern. He continued on to say that reading them helped him through the experience. After a short pause, I asked if she was still with us. He said that she died a short while ago.
He said, “Thank you.” We shook hands and parted.
I’m not sure if there’s a moral here or not, but perhaps it’s that by creating beauty in our imagery, we do more good than we know.
Thanks for visiting and we’ll see you online…