Photography is the story I fail to put into words.
— Destin Sparks
As many of you know, I love stories–in books and in photographs. This week, Ann-Christine has given us an intriguing challenge. Can we find photos that tell a story? I’ve chosen 3 images that look a bit mysterious and have stories to accompany them. Are you ready?
On a visit to Hyde Park in London, we discovered a huge multicolored sculpture in the middle of Serpentine Lake. The mystery was solved when we learned that it was an installation created by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The London Mastaba sculpture was fabricated with 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform.
Here’s another mystery. Why are three boxcars covered with graffiti in the middle of a forest in Whistler, B.C? In 1956, a train derailed in a narrow canyon where the track was being repaired. The train was traveling at 35 mph, which was 20 mph above the posted limit and jumped the tracks. A logging company dislodged the train cars from the mangled wreck and rolled the cars into the forest at the edge of the tracks. Over the past 60 years, trees have grown around the wreckage. Mystery solved!
Now we have the last mystery. What is this clothes dryer doing in the middle of Sunset Beach in Vancouver? Here’s the sad story.
This autumn Vancouver and surrounding areas have been hit with torrential rains. In November alone, several atmospheric rivers have dumped over 248 mm (9.75 inches) of rain in this area. This weekend we’re expecting another 120mm. The rain, combined with high winds, has washed out sections of major highways, capsized boats, set off mudslides, left thousands of people without electricity, flooded homes, killed livestock, and cut off Vancouver from the rest of Canada. This dryer was small part of the damage. I still don’t know where it came from and how it got there! I just hope that we have a respite from the rain, so highways can be reopened and people can return to their homes.
I hoped you enjoyed my 3 mysteries this week. A special thanks to Ann-Christine who has inspired us with her One Image, One Story challenge. She reminds us that photography can document events and capture dramatic moments. These stories are vital records for our families, our communities, and for world events. And sometimes, they are simply entertaining memories of a time and place. If you join us, please link your post to Ann-Christine’s, and include the Lens-Artists tag so can find your post in the Reader.
More thanks go to our wonderful guest host Lindy LeCoq who encouraged us to share our bliss last week. Your responses were, quite honestly, blissful, creative, and inspiring. 😀 Next week, Amy will be starting the holiday season with her “Celebrating” challenge. We hope you join us! In the meantime have a safe and inspiring week.