China in Photos

China in Photos: Day No. 72 In Which I Share the Flotsam Photo Quest (a picture in a picture in a picture…)

It started with a photo like this from our wedding (credits to Stephen Voss) and some inspiration from one of my favorite children’s books of all time: Flotsam. In this goregous picture book, a child finds an ancient camera washed up on a beach and has the film developed.  What he finds in the photos are these amazing fanciful deep sea scenes as well as a series of photos showing the last child to find the camera holding a photo of the last child before them to find the camera, and so on and so forth.  He takes a similar photo and throws the camera back in the ocean.

The last page shows another girl finding the camera on a far off coast many years later.  Does that make sense?  Did I just ruin the book?  I swear I didn’t, it’s an amazing book.  Even if you don’t have kids or don’t usually read children’s book, you need to find this one.

But anyways, Chris and I were inspired by Flotsam to start a similar little photo project for ourselves.  A few months ago we hiked E Mei Shan and we took this photo:

And after this weekend, now we have this:

In a few weeks we’ll head off to Malaysia where hopefully we’ll take a much, much better picture in which I’ll actually be wearing make up and there will be a beautiful blue sea behind us with palm trees framing a golden sunset as we hold the photo above up for the camera.

After that it might be New Zealand and then Vietnam and then who knows?  But hopefully by then we will have a nice little album of these pictures within pictures within pictures.  I can’t wait to see what it could look like in a few years.

Have you ever tried a photo project like this?  How did it work out?


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