On a recent trip to Death Valley, hiking in heat of over 100 degrees and having survived, I arrived at the visitors center and wanted to take a photo of the outside thermometer. Because Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the USA, several other people were trying to get pictures as well, so I decided to snap this photo of a random family.
When traveling, it’s common to capture people and strangers in our photographs. I find it interesting to ponder about their lives. Are they happy? Are they having fun? Do they like each other? Did someone force them to go on this trip? I like having random people in my photos and often wonder how many pictures I have ended up in myself. Do they wonder about me or my life?
Our lives are often entwined, although we may not even realize it. In Death Valley for a brief moment, I was witness to a happy family on their journey through the desert, although I didn’t know where they came from or where they were going, our paths crossed briefly, and I was left with memories of my own trip and a photograph of theirs.