A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Whether it was 1911, when the expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words” appeared in a newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane discussing journalism and publicity, a similar phrase in 1913 “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words” that appeared in a newspaper advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House in Ohio or the earliest recorded use of the exact phrase appearing in an 1918 newspaper advertisement for the San Antonio Light, its meaning could never be more relevant that the image taken on the final day of filming of the second episode of the third series of Sherlock. Principal filming has wrapped for the moment with the first two episodes, “The Empty House” and “The Sign of Three”, now in the can, with shooting on the series three finale due to start later in the year, most likely August.
Given his most recent efforts in both Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness, it seems fitting to see Benedict Cumberbatch giving the Vulcan ‘Live Long and Prosper‘ hand gesture while dressed as the detective. Flanked by Sherlock director of photography, Steve Lawes, the man responsible for tweeting out the pic and production designer Arwel Wyn Jones, also of particular note in the image is Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman’s reference to the show’s third series with his own pose.
Personally, I think the underlying message in the photo is crystal clear. Sherlock must ‘live long and prosper’ for years to come.