So many questions never get answered. Not that one is incurious but life is too short or the answer is not readily available. Whatever the reason, one never finds out. Instead of the usual canon of photographs of stunning sunsets or virgin African bush populated with grazing animals, this is an unusual collection of eclectic photographs. Take time to ponder on each.
For instance I have always been fascinated with Mount Everest. For me it defies belief that people would want to climb it knowing that the risk of dying is 1 in 10 and that the risk of losing a digit or a limb is even higher at between 2 to 3 in 10. Yet, for all that, men in the hundreds will not be dissuaded by the deprivations of freezing cold, oxygen sparse altitude and precipitous climbs in order to satisfy an inner yearning, a life-long desire to conquer their fears and the mountain.
Main picture: Climbers ascending the highest mountain in the world and the greatest challenge in their lives
What is so amazing about this photograph of Mount Everest is that it brings into sharp focus the hordes of climbers who now attempt the climb. Much like rush hour traffic, they are trapped in a single file up the incline with the guide rope being the “single track lane”.
Imagine – when viewing this photograph – that this one two month adventure will be the high water mark in these climbers’ lives defining their life’s narrative forever. Like a Band of Brothers – as Shakespeare invoked in his chronicle on Agincourt in the play Henry V – they will forever regale others about their experiences.
So it is with many of these photographs. Saviour them, reflect on what they mean for they will surely enrich your life.