Pale Blue Dot – Eden Project

This picture is actually of my friend, Julian, as he reads a quote mounted onto the wall of a temporary space exhibit in the Eden Project. It was part of our Cornish Tour a few years back, when we used to visit Newquay every year for a week-long camping trip. A highlight of this was being camped next to the Cornish pasty factory, where every morning you could get an extra-large pasty for £2 (Half retail price). Safe to say that staying trim was never on the agenda.

This is one of my favourite shots, but certainly not for the quality or the framing, and simply because of the quote itself. I love it. It’s not quick, catchy or memorable enough rhyme off when asked, so I memorialised it with my own picture.

Here it is in full:

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A vision of the human future in space.

Eden Project, Cornwall

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