Strange Days Indeed

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© Kevin Kabuki
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UploadedJanuary 5, 2010
TakenDecember 18, 2009
Exposure1/2 sec at f/20
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Q: It seems that there is a very narrow selection of images in VS. Why

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

If you wrote a book, and your main character was a 23 year old ivy league graduate who came from the wealthiest family to ever walk the earth, what would you have him do?

If you had him travel to the remotest parts of the world to work as a cameraman documenting the last "stone age" societies, had him return home upon word of his parents divorce, and then return again to the wilds to become near family to the natives, collect as much indigenous art as possible, then go missing after a seriously overloaded canoe capsizes 3 miles from shore, you'd have the real life story of the collector of this piece.

If you then had his family use their wealth to search for him, and to actually investigate local rumor that their son had become a native, worshipped as a white god, and purposely had become one of the tribe, your editor would scribble it all out, for it really is too unbelievable.

Yet, it happened. The artwork here is from the vast collection the 23 year old sent home.

His body was never found. Rumors of cannabalism, tribal retribution, and a long life living with the natives still abound. Though most researchers favor a more simple, yet still grim, end coming with the capsized boat.

To say "all that remains" doesn't quite fit here, as the remains are vast, the man collected tons of art. The family gave away over 2 billion to the arts and other cultural exhibits in NY, and continues in that line today.

All that remains is worth more than the GNP of a few small nations.

Amazing to see a documentary recently where this very object is shown being handled by natives and displayed during a ritual preceding violence to another tribe.

Local history, in a way.

9 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    You never cease to amaze me! You really do need to be writing and photographing for something much much larger than JPG. I actually thought this was going to evolve into a story about a fellow jpg'er, but soon realized that you were writing fact, not fact (as only we know it). I am in awe.

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    Absolutely perfect. What Susan says is true - you've got real talent my friend - REAL talent.

  • Laurie Self

    Laurie Self (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    I love reading the stories that go with your photos...ever thought of putting a book together?

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    Incredible story and image Kevin!!!

  • e t

    e t (Deleted) gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    excellent, thank you for sharing the story

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (6 Jan 2010):

    Astonishing. So this piece appears to be in a museum or gallery of some kind. Can you provide some information for those of us (moi for sure) interested in learning more about this amazing story?

  • Gabriele Paccagnella

    Gabriele Paccagnella said (9 Jan 2010):

    beautiful shot!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (11 Jan 2010):

    I really like the photo, Kevin. I like the lines and light as much as the sculptures. That's an interesting story too. Thanks for sharing it. R

  • Kristen Franzel

    Kristen Franzel gave props (19 Mar 2011):

    I love the use of shadows and light.

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