Monday, September 27, 2010
In my photographic life, I never set out searching for “wonders”. I was just bitten by the travel bug. This list is just a result of attrition.
A few years ago Morgan Freeman & Jack Nicholson made a movie. Although with top tier stars & a huge budget it was not their best effort but it introduced a phrase into the American lexicon “The Bucket List”; Places you want to go or things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”. I think most people dream about it in one way or another. For most of my travel life it has been foremost in my mind even though I have never given the slightest acknowledgment of death.
The ancients made up a list centuries ago: Seven Wonders of the World. We memorized it in high school. The man-made monuments are legends that have lost much of their significance but the concept still lingers: Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria.
The idea seems a little artificial to me but it begs the question “what are the most amazing things I personally have seen before I die." Hopefully it has evolved over time & I continually add new phenomena as I get older.