I took the photo close to Khasab (Oman). Thanks to the tilt shift effect the world seems to shrink to a toy-like size.
Inevitably, I had to think of grand statements like “the world is getting smaller” or “we live in a global village”. It seems to be true. There was a time when people in Europe didn’t know China or America existed. The world was too big for them to find out. Columbus sailed more then 2 months to reach the Bahamas. Marco Polo took a small sabbatical of 24 years to travel from Venice to Beijing and back. Modern computers – millions to billions of times more capable than the early machines – easily fit into a mobile phone and don’t occupy entire rooms anymore. And last year the University of Milan proved that all humans on the planet know each other along a chain of maximum 5 common contacts.
Admittedly, the world is still big enough to explore and discover fantastic secrets, but in times when size seems to matter, the world is shrinking. Luckily, the Universe is constantly expanding.