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    Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    I opened the paper at lunch today (the 4x5 camera picture immediately jumped out at me) and found a local guy is going to be walking across the country. Seems he will document the trip with a 4x5 camera. He also plans to not speak as he takes the year long trip. I'm not sure I understand his reasoning, but it's still interesting.

    http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/...-birthday.html

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    It’s a big first step in what Hindy hopes will be a future of performance art, an interest he gained while studying cognitive science at Yale.
    “Performance art is about communicating through an action, and trying to make a statement,” he said.
    Ok, so it's a sort of mime performance. But walking with a view camera in a stroller, funded by Kickstarter. I wonder how many photographs he intends to make on his journey.
    "It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." - Walker Evans

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    The only people even crazier than he is, are those who donated money to him. What a *****ng waste -- for this he needs a degree from Yale?
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    No, he isn't crazy. This is absolutely beautiful.
    It's perfectly possible he won't manage- accidents happen, we sometimes find ourselves weaker than we imagine, but he is planning to devote a year to testing himself. By the end he will know more about himself and his weaknesses than ever before. He might produce great photos, he might not, but that isn't really the point. Was there really a point to building the pyramids, or going to the moon? Is there really any 'point' to thousands of people running the London or New York marathons? The point is the experience itself, and I wish him well (even though my approval, and your disapproval probably mean nothing to him).

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    Forrest Gump? When he finally speaks, it will be, "Those spike feeet on my Git-zo were a pain in the butt-tocks!"

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    I vote for awesome! I wish him the best of luck!

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    Obviously he is fortunate enough to have no student loans from his $57,000 per year Yale education.

    It sounds idealistic but to me it seems vain and pretentious, a spoilt rich kid having the luxury to do this while his peers are struggling just to make payments. I bet he needed the Kickstarter money because his family said enough is enough, and it wasn't like he would get a job to pay for it himself.

    Still I have to admire his use of the Calumet coat hanger camera since many of us would quake at the thought of carrying such a beast....

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I vote for awesome! I wish him the best of luck!
    A big +1


    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_1856 View Post
    The only people even crazier than he is, are those who donated money to him. What a *****ng waste -- for this he needs a degree from Yale?

    And.....I guess you will have to call me crazy

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I vote for awesome! I wish him the best of luck!
    +2 !

    good for him, i hope he has a GREAT trip !

    i have family who walked the AT 2x, across NZ too ..
    not to mention a cousin who ran across the usa ...

    im glad there are some people who are having fun.

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    Re: Silent cross country walking trip with a 4x5

    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    +2 !

    good for him, i hope he has a GREAT trip !

    i have family who walked the AT 2x, across NZ too ..
    not to mention a cousin who ran across the usa ...

    im glad there are some people who are having fun.
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