When it comes down to it, I want to dedicate my life to going awesome places and photographing amazing things. That sounds like complete fantasy to some people, but an interesting thing has developed in my life…I decided this idea was too important to me to not do! Callings are interesting really, some people heed them, others die with dreams unfulfilled. Thoreau talked of resignation and quiet desperation, but I find myself looking more and more to places of inspiration, of hope.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
~Henry David Thoreau from Walden
I love finding really cool places no one has heard of…I love finding pieces of history that remind us how far we have come as a people, how far we have to go and how much we owe to those pioneers who blazed the first trails. While I was in Barcelona, I was privileged to visit Sala Gimbernat, an 18th Century Medical Theater. Build in 1758 it is one of the oldest Surgical Theaters in Europe and was built for The Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona. The Sala is old. It smells old, it has an amazing old world design; you can feel the history all around you. What we know today of medicine, owes much to this history.
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