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March 24, 2012

Is A Picture Worth Only A Thousand Words?

There's an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what are thousands of pictures worth? We all take - and keep pictures because of what they...

...tell us, or remind us of. Many times photographs are all we have left of family and friends, but precisely for that reason, any given photograph will have little or even no value to anyone else.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan about a year ago took many things - but it also left many things - including thousands of orphaned photographs.

The Lost and Found Project is working to find, clean up and identify photographs left by the tsunami.

Here's an excerpt from the website;

"We all take photographs. A few special ones are cherished, and the rest forgotten. We take pictures when we are having fun, when we want immortalize a moment shared with another person. The photographs you see here were also taken under those circumstances. The depth of emotion might vary from snap to snap, but each one captures a point in time that somebody wanted to keep.

What are we supposed to feel and think when we look at these pictures?

Should we be happy that they were found at all, or sad that they will never be returned to their owners? Or should we simply mourn for the dead? The more I struggle to find answers, the more missing pieces I seem to find.

But without looking at the pictures, I don’t think we’ll see anything at all."

You can buy a poster of these photographs and help financially support the tsunami survivors. Here is the fine print on the posters and making a donation - http://lostandfound311.jp/en/.

For more information on the project, check out the website here - http://lostandfound311.jp/en/.

No matter what disasters we face, if we face them together we can make a difference in the lives of people we will probably never meet.

I love the internet, you never know what little piece of information, story or insight you might stumble into.

Let us know what links or other resources you find useful or encouraging. We are all learning and making new connections all the time. And sharing makes our journey much richer.

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and unlikely and ridiculous situations.

Also, Morf just might be available this coming summer. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at March 24, 2012 11:43 PM

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