Walt Disney once said, "Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."
I believe he was right.
Whatever anyone may wish to express, a visual image is the most effective method by which that expression can be shared. Pictures cross cultural, ethical, religious and linguistic barriers that often hold verbal ideas at bay. They do not usually tell one what to think or feel, but allow the viewer to interpret or take from them what they like.
Photographs, in particular, are most often used to present people, places or ideas as fact. But what happens when what we perceive as real in the 'real world' ceases to be real? Is it any less important? And what is reality?
As I enter another day, another week, another year of life, I find myself drawn more and more to a less real world and more to the type of world I wish were real. A place where good always triumphs over evil, where pirate ships and elephants fly, where I never have to grow up... and where dreams really do come true.
This book is just a small taste of what I see in this 'less real' world. Maybe for a time, it will take you to that world, too.
FUN[K]TIONAL Published April 29, 2008