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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D70
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10/1600 second
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F/7.1
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46 mm
Date Taken
Sep 3, 2004, 8:57:29 AM
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The things I've seen by gilad The things I've seen by gilad
Son, I want you to listen to me.
I have something important to say


Yes dad

No son, really listen.
Come, sit next to me.


Ok dad

Iím not young like you, but I was once.

I know dad. If this is about theÖ

No son Itís not. You promised to listen.

Sorry dadÖ

Well, can you see Iím aging?
Iím not the same as I was before.


You look great for your age

Yes?
How old am I?


You are 10?

No son, Iím over 100 years old.

Like I said dad, you look great for your age.

In my life I have seen a lot of things.
Iíve seen a rainbow after a storm.
Iíve seen clouds that took a swim in the ocean.
Iíve seen divers find treasures only to die of sunburn.
Iíve seen captains risk their lives to save a whale and others risk a whale to save their lives.
My son, Iíve seen a lot.
Every wrinkle, every stain of rust, every hole in my crumbling body is something Iíve seen and learned.


I know dadÖ can I go now?

Son, you promised me you listen, will you keep your promise?

Yes dad.

Well, after all Iíve seen there is one thing I know.

Whatís that dad?

Iíve learned I know nothing.
I canít explain, and I canít predict anything.
Life is a big storm, and we must assume we can drown in any minute.


I donít understand.
If I know nothing, how do I know that?

Now son,
Now I know you were listening.

I think itís my time to go.
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:iconnoneofurbussiness:
noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I finally found a big boat that I can afford! Lol
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:iconthekidniki:
TheKidNiki Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is this not a DD...
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:iconporcupinesorrow:
PorcupineSorrow Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
One more :)
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:icongakgo:
gakgo Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
sorry, i must agree nadav's photo is better and significant than yours : [link]
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:iconmikelork:
Mikelork Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh my God, I have no words, but I am crying so much!. My dad just gone last Novermber 30rd and this what you wrote I spent something similar with him. I realy really admit that this is gonna be my very very favorite photo ever and thank you so much sharing this. Thanks from my heart!!

Mikel
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:iconcoloured-dreams:
coloured-dreams Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
:iconplusfav:
pic & story - they´re both beautiful
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:icondanineteen:
danineteen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Wow, amazing story! Not to mention, the photo looks amazing.
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:iconrivenpine:
RivenPine Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Featured [link] :)
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:iconssilence:
ssilence Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009   Photographer
I don't know whether I have been telling you that before: I love your text. Some years ago I have written down this description and now I have found it. And now I'm overwhelmed by this sad feeling.
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:iconsabattier:
Sabattier Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009   Photographer
Hi :wave:

I featured this lovely piece in my journal - [link]

:highfive:
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:iconjosh20131:
josh20131 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist
Amazing!!
Truly inspirational :aww: :+fav:
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:iconallxusedxup:
allxusedxup Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009   Photographer
i favorited this at least 3 years ago and everytime i see it, it still gets me in the same spot.

one of my favorite photos ever.





thank you for taking it.
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:iconshairani:
shairani Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Mr. Benari I've used your 'Title' on a pic at flickr, hope it's not a problem!
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:icongilad:
gilad Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
Not a problem :)
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:iconkursat66:
kursat66 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student Photographer
the story is just so perfect for that shot...
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:iconapple0hs:
apple0hs Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
i love the shot and the story...so meaningful
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:iconzsoltzombie:
zsoltzombie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous, simply gorgeus!
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:icondana-ch-bens:
Dana-CH-BenS Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
LOVE IT!

the shot and the story..
well done:)
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:iconthesoleilist:
thesoleilist Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
this is so amazing.I love how the story matches the picture. cheers to you :3
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:iconmia-bella-vita:
Mia-Bella-Vita Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
this is outstanding
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:iconmelissah:
melissah Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."

----Diane Arbus
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:iconlulzkiller:
Lulzkiller Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
The title is what gets me with this picture.
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:iconsymposion:
symposion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
There was once a sea, but no more.
I must add this photo to my favourites.
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:iconjustsobeautifull:
Justsobeautifull Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Story makes it splended
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:iconbecky-lee:
becky-lee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
where was this taken? reminds me of the aral sea..
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:iconbpreo:
bpreo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008   Photographer
there's no way that boat is 100 years old! 1940's at the oldest. great scene though.
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:icontelon:
TeLoN Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Amazing! Those broken metal bars on the middle look like men, whos pulling smaller boat. :+fav:
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:iconsilvermeteor:
silvermeteor Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008   Photographer
This is honestly just amazing.
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:iconeos-leto:
Eos-leto Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
So I just got back from New Zealand a month or so ago, and i saw ships just like this alllllll the time. it was so strange, it was the first time i ever saw the tide in action and i just thought the whole concept was consuming in many ways. nice capture :D
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:iconsilvermeteor:
silvermeteor Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008   Photographer
Amazing picture.
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:iconheroslabatrix:
Heroslabatrix Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Very well said... and the picture is amazing.
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:iconzvegi:
zvegi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Amazing.
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:iconlilyofthevalley0105:
lilyofthevalley0105 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Added to my favorite. And I like the lovely story.
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:icondhiidhicul:
dhiidhicul Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Student Photographer
oh I LOVE this one! the "comment" is so sad x(.
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:iconharakiri-7:
harakiri-7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
hmmm.....just reminds me,how much i miss a conversation like that.The relationship between my Dad and me is like that wonderful picture without the story.We dont talk,we just exist beside each other everyday.....
a wonderful piece of work,that picture i mean and the story,I lllllove it.
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:iconchan21:
chan21 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
base on what I read I am the son and your the father coz I learned...
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:iconxpsychoticxfreakx:
xPsychoticxFreakx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful! Although since it says that an advanced critique is encouraged, I must say that the mast leaning over on the little boat is a bit distracting. But I guess you couldn't do anything about that, could you... never mind. :) This is an amazing piece.
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:iconyodeladyhoo:
yodeladyhoo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
This is beautiful. I wonder if you were partially swayed by Aristole's " A wise man knows that he knows nothing."

Thank you for sharing.
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:iconopianne:
Opianne Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
I really like the picture
I really like the story
and both combined.. love it
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:iconmario-lsd:
Mario-lsd Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
lovely history... pretty insipiring
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:iconhappy-pillsx:
Happy-Pillsx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Amazing. This picture sticks out from many of the others. The story is amazing, i got a little teary eyed after reading it. And the way the colors contrast together is beautiful.
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
THEGREATTITANICCHICK Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
that is so sad and so awsome at the same time
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:icondiscobear:
DiscoBear Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Photographer
This is very good man awesome picture and your writings are good too I like them.
+fav
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:iconelteya:
elteya Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Student Photographer
amazing!
to my favourites.
i like this deviation!
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:iconhadabenz:
hadabenz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
this is truly a jaw-dropping image .... i love it
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:iconkrrmtchll:
krrmtchll Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
i absolutely love this. Even without your writing I personified these boats. :)
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:iconsunshine-lollipops:
sunshine-lollipops Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
This picture just brings about so many emotions. It's beautiful. Really. I love how desolate the place looks, but you know that there was such a busy life on those boats before they got like that.

Amazing Job

/end.
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:iconofficialvillageidiot:
OfficialVillageIdiot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
I..*sniffle* LOVE YOU!!! *sniffle*


What a great story. It really brings meaning to the photo.

This is work that I truly admire.

Good job. :D
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:iconofficialvillageidiot:
OfficialVillageIdiot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Hehe..wow.


I really sound like a loser.

But yeah, I really do love this.
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:iconomeguis:
Omeguis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Omg, this is great.
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