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Dead Money

Posted by
Nitin (Mayenne, France) on 21 May 2013 in Abstract & Conceptual.

"After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts."
Aristotle Onassis

In this story, well, the game is life. And where it ceases to be the goal is the 'after-life'. This is a ritual followed by many Vietnamese people, and even in different parts of Asia, where after the dead are cremated, their belongings and money is burnt along as a symbol of giving them money to use in their afterlife.

Here the fake US Dollar currency is seen floating on the lake in Hanoi. The first time when I saw this money floating I was actually fooled to believe that it was real money.

NIKON D90 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 320 105 mm

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Money in the afterlife...That's not the good way...The solution would be the global sharing while on Earth, ot the possibility to think to new systems.
This Onassis' quote tells well what the capitalistic problem is, the game of a few rich people who play with other humans and with things..........The crisis, coming from gamers.....

Superb symbolic picture with an excellent composition.

21 May 2013 8:56am

@Basile Pesso: Thanks for your comments Basile. I couldn't agree with you more. Whats the point in taking money to the after life! :P

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What fascinating story with this . . if it were not for that I live opposite the Fire Department, I might well leave behind a note saying 'please burn everything' . .

21 May 2013 9:49am

Abena from Illinois, United States

I think I'd be fooled too, you write such an interesting text below and the image itself even without words is powerful.

21 May 2013 5:24pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

muy buena foto Nitin y muy interesante lo que nos cuentas . un beso grande . Alejandra

21 May 2013 7:06pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice & amazing!

22 May 2013 9:03am

franz from Baden, Austria

a very interesting and amazing look at foreign customs ...

22 May 2013 6:07pm

1/200 second
ISO 320
105 mm