Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Henry's world by gilad Henry's world by gilad
This is a story of a brilliant man called Henry who, one day, thought of an idea.

He joined his top executives in the morning of February the second and introduced what he said would be the boost his company needed to rule the market and to rule the world. Henry knew his most valuable asset was his employees, and, therefore, their time.
Henry felt that just like him, they were probably wasting away hours every day just thinking of things not related to work, things like silly family picnics or movie endings…
And so, Henry suggested to his executives the building of a new world. Of course, it would be called "Henry's world", as it should.
All of the employees will be forced to donate all non-work related thoughts that got in their work into this world, such as artistic vision, daydreaming, passing thoughts, and even indecisions. A world dedicated to all the non related work things. The company will have to pay for the new world, but the money will be easily compensated inside the work flow.

"Ohh, brilliant, brilliant!" his top executives roared. They knew this could make their employees much more effective in the work flow. How didn't they think of that first?

And so, a new world was founded. A parallel world, made from ideas and thoughts. The employees didn't like it much, but Henry didn't leave them any alternative. Besides, there would be extra time involved for them.
And just like Henry predicted, the work flow got better. Soon after the foundation of "Henry's world," the performance of the company went through the roof. Other companies had heard of what Henry did and wanted in. Henry picked some companies that were no threat to him, and charged them money for allowing their employees' private thoughts to join his world. Soon everybody wanted in. Everything was going great for Henry, but he couldn't have known what would happen next. Henry lacked the ability to predict and reflect on things.

Meanwhile, on "Henry's world," the thoughts got bored. They needed something to take them out of the thinking loop, some kind of a body to convert all the thought into actions. What are dreams if there could be no action to define them? What is an idea with no one to reflect on it?
Lacking a body to help them bring essence to their thoughts, Henry's thoughts suggested an idea. They should invite silhouettes to live with them on "Henry's world". That way, they could use an ally and create a worthy alternative to what they left behind.
It was no problem for the thoughts to persuade the silhouettes. The thoughts on "Henry's world" were very good in debating, and besides, there was no competition. Before too long, "Henry's world" was bursting with silhouettes running around with ideas. There was nothing missing there.

Meanwhile, on earth, people were starting to rebel. They were convinced there must be something more to life than work; they just could not remember what it was. A feeling of frustration was taking over. The work flow was getting slower and Henry was worried.
He joined his top executives in the morning of March the second and introduced what he said would be the boost his company needed to rule the market, and to rule the world. A merge between "Henry's world" and his company.

"Ohh, brilliant, brilliant!" his top executives roared. They didn't really think it over, but it was a work reflex to agree with Henry.

On March third, Henry sat down with Henry's thoughts and tried to work out the deal. They couldn't agree on the terms. "I created your planet, you belong to me!" Henry shouted. "I think not," his thought answered, and Henry couldn't disagree with his own thoughts.
Since they couldn't agree, the two worlds continued separately.

It was only after Henry died on October second that the two merged back into the world we all know.
Still, the time the two worlds were separate left its mark on our world. Up to this day when we look at silhouettes, it always seems that they know something that we don't.

Think about it.


I hoped you enjoyed this little story.
If you found any grammar or typo, please let me know.

This was taken at Tel Aviv's harbor.
I was lying on the grownd to get this low angle, and get a sense of the wavy floor (for skates i think...)
I was lying there for 15 minutes to get a good silhouette passing by, when all of these appered at once and made me feel very lucky.

I hope you enjoy the photo, and the story.
If you want to read more of my stories, try these -
The things I've seen
Fishing For The Sun
The clouds painter
Damn that sun
The Unknown Prophets

Thank you!
Add a Comment:
RecentSnowfall Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
I love this story!
alexinreallife Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Years ago (not used facetiously, it had to have been at least 2008) I came across your gallery and this piece specifically, and to this very day it's continued to leave an impression. I'm ecstatic that I found it again, both the image and the story have had a significant impact on my own artistic viewpoint. Anyway, I think you and your work are extraordinary and I appreciate your work very much c:
Azulblanko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
EvaShoots Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
albatrash Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Nice pic.
Golden-shit Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
well done ! you have person of ability <wooOoww>
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in my 3/25 Journal -- [link]
maarten1983 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
"artist make bad philosophers", if that is not a familiar quote yet it should be. Please do not feel insulted. Just ‘Think about it’ ;), just plying. It does not matter if you’re inspirations and thoughts make any sense, as long as you’re art is as good. And I believe it is. I think you are a very talented photographer, keep it up!
FrancesHolly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
JMMasters Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
one of my favorites!
DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Featured here : [link]

Thank you ! :hexentanz:
deaddonkeysrule Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
i love the feel to this one!
Refried-Mobert Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
Absolutely amazing shot, and the story really goes well with it. :+fav:
PenelopeMitZ Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
great stories...:)
bariskonbal Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
yes! this is!;)
Philosophy25 Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
This captures in a second the scenery for a very befuddled part of my brain, Thank you so much
Ellie-the-dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Hey, just wanted to let you know that I submitted a news article featuring your photo, here’s the link: [link]

Love Ellie-the-dreamer
rundamn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
I just love ur pictures. They are more then great, phenomenal, Id say..
my-perspective Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
nice... i like it...
look at mine foto... "Happiness"... :)
hanlim Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
i like this looking at this tells u a story......nice photo
pCubensiS Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
awesome :)
nOiSEfuEL Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
great shot and great story, congrats!!!
feverpitchfiasco Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, I love your work so much. You've really re-affirmed my choice to have photography be a part of my life. It's always been an important thing to be, but I always used it as a hobby. I really need to get it back into me more. =)

Continue to do great work..the world is watching.
ryotsuru--daosu- Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
I love your story, and the composition is wonderful. :+fav: and now I'm DevWatching you.

Your English is great but if you ever want anything double-checked, I'm a real pedant when it comes to grammar &c. (but we all know grammar doesn't exist on the internet). :D
All I could suggest is that 'work flow' doesn't sound quite right, perhaps it's just me so don't worry. (^_^)-v
elliko Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Filmographer
i remember this photo from new stage. it sat in the notorious 'most rated' tablet for quite a while. i love it.
i also read the. didn't figure it out completely. maybe its the hour. rather late.
Chielebaat Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006   Photographer
nice composition, i can hardly believe there is so much grain in a 400 iso.
izzcool Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
awesome shot! wow
bottledwaterromance Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
i noticed, every time you mentioned a date in your story, it was the second of the month. and i began to wonder why. has something important happened to you on the second of a month?
gilad Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Professional Photographer
Is that so... ?
I was born on the second of the month.
That's intresting. Where else did you notice that?
pearlypearl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Mawasi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
my best thing in ur works is ur discrubtion ....
ihni Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
I liked that. Thank you.
wbcfor Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this as much as 'The Urban Legend'..maybe
even more.

I shall ponder your story when I am wider awake.
raheel07 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006
love the composition with all those silhouettes
rakiztah02 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
very beautiful!!! :)
godislove Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Hobbyist
gilad is photographer with great spirit.... awesome..
the-recycled-ribcage Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
that is so amazing.

i absolutely love the story, and the photograph is the most perfect image to go with it.
photographies Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006   Photographer
What a great photo ! Everything is in its place... The right people at the right moment with the right photographer... :+fav:
LostIdentity1010 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
What an illusion
shaki Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
it brings a sensation of fresh air.
xMEGALOPOLISx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006  Professional Photographer


dantonlafferte Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006
What a perfect atmosfere.... congratulations guy!
marmorealmicawber Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
This is one of my favourites [of yours].
gilad Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional Photographer
Neverended Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006   Photographer
Yes yes! Fav!
lemma-axiom Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
youa re truly blessed with vision.
Green-stone Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
i was there yesterday and remembered this picture (:
Evese Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
Unbelievable shot, I love this picture! :meditation:
the-heart-of-start Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006
Je trouve tes photos vraiment superbes !!! Elles me font ressentir quelque chose de génial ! je ne sais l'expliquer !!!
minotauro9 Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Photographer
i really enjoyed the story and the image, both are very original and thought provoking!!! two qualities that go far beyond technique!!!
:) L
Add a Comment:
  • Art Print
  • Canvas
  • Photo
  • Art Gifts
Download JPG 900 × 600


Submitted on
March 9, 2006
Image Size
234 KB


1,272 (who?)

Camera Data

Shutter Speed
1/3200 second
Focal Length
28 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Mar 1, 2006, 4:28:44 PM