I recently made an offhand comment that with so many digital photos being taken, the saying of “a photo is worth a thousand words” should be changed to “a photo needs a hundred words”. It seemed to me that with so many amazing digital photos being created, it was easy to forget what made last week’s photo so memorable. Today, I came upon a brief but very emotional photo essay. I think it shows how powerful the combination of photos and text can be. It can be found at this link Phillip Toledano - Days with My Father. This essay was an epiphany in my photo journey of self-actualization (clearly I took one to many psych courses). I had read with interest the m43 thread “Why do you take photographs?”. Other than the nebulous goal of getting better and the satisfying but not fulfilling goal of taking family pictures, I wasn’t sure. So my resolution is to create some personal photo essays from my archive of photos and include text to add the emotional context that I remembered and was trying to capture. Believe me when I tell you, expressing emotion is a Herculean task. I'm a male Chinese accountant so I have gender, culture and profession working against me I would be very interested to hear how others are progressing on their photo journeys. As most of you are much more accomplished photographers, I would like to know what adventure lies ahead.