one thing i have found to become very beneficial while traveling over ten hours by plane to shoot weddings cross-country on a weekend is the time to slow down and read. this weekend i had the incredible experience of working with another fellow photog as the bride, dancers galore, singers abundant, talent in all its various forms oozing out of the wedding party’s pores….it was like no event i had ever been to. as the day’s lights set behind the Maine forest skyline, the campfire was lit and a mini concerto began. i have oodles and oodles of film waiting to be developed (i just got back yesterday…so slow down). and i will most definitely be sharing my treasures from that event on this blog in the not-so-distant future – so keep your ear to the ground.
in the meantime, i wanted to share with you an all time favorite read of mine.
in this case it became an all time favorite re-read.
if you haven’t read this book.
you already have read this book.
i was able to pound this book out on my way to and from Maine. if you find yourself with a luxury of down time such as this, then pick this sucker up.
the story is about a God-loving Indian boy (east indian, not native american), who at the age of 16 has to uproot his life as he knows it, and join his family and father’s zoo as they relocate the zoo from India to Canada. along the way, the ship carrying animals sinks. the boy finds himself aboard a lifeboat with…a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan, and a 450 lb bengal tiger. quickly all the animals die except for the tiger and the boy. and so begins an amazing story of survival.
“the world isn’t just the way it is. it is how we understand it, no? and in the understanding something, we bring something to it, no? doesn’t that make life a story?”
(speaking of his story) …”and so it goes with God”.