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Evidence of My Existence by Jim Lo Scalzo

June 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Being father’s day I couldn’t find a better video to share that ties in travel and fatherhood (I didn’t purposefully set out to do this either).  A good friend of mine actually shared this video with me a while ago knowing that I’m an avid traveler, but this past week it came up in conversation so I thought I’d share it with you too.  It asks “how to stop moving?”  The video is Evidence of My Existence from photojournalist Jim Lo Scalzo and is a powerfully visual memoir.  He poignantly tells his story about travel as going with beautiful and insightful lines like,

“Travel is a compulsive craving. An addiction. Heroin. The buzz is euphoric and the opportunities are infinite, all open to me as a photographer, the dream job of every wanderlust.”

His travels as an US News & World Report photographer have taken him beyond romanticized travel experiences and some of his pictures are not postcard material.  They are moving and heart wrenching.  With that said, this film is graphic and has scenes that are disturbing.  It’s also beautiful and I highly recommend watching it.  I know it made me reflect on going and stopping and my own wanderlust, even if I haven’t been at the forefront of an invasion or to the poorest part of India.  Let me know what you think if you watch the video.

Watch the full video here  http://www.mediastorm.com/0018.htm or watch it in two parts through these embedded youtube videos (it’s a little over 9 minutes in total):

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