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the human condition in black & white

 

 

 

 

  This photographic exploration is a tightrope act, balancing the diverse complexity and unifying simplicity at the heart of the human condition. People live vastly different lives across the world, but the more so within one nation, region or group. Everywhere you find the same distinctions: optimists and pessimists, introverts and extroverts, folks lending hands and those using elbows, dreamers and doers, dreaming doers. Playdough in the hands of nature, nurture, and our own decision making, we are formed into all sorts of character shapes, steered by the same drives. These conspicuous similarities, our universal differences, unite us as one species of monkey merely disguised in a human wardrobe. In the same breath, our distinct experiences assemble unique minds, feelings and memories - our very own worlds.

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a glimpse

 

glimpse: MAYBE | Maybe begging is an easy job, or maybe it is hard work. Maybe it’s motivated by resignation, or maybe by desperation. Maybe it doesn’t take much, or maybe it takes all your courage. Maybe street life is paved with bad choices, or maybe with bad luck. Maybe a handout will keep you from going down a different road, or maybe it will keep you from going hungry. Maybe it’s not really my problem, or maybe it really is.  Maybe it’s not a black and white matter. I don’t know, so I don’t judge. 

glimpse: ANDEAN WEATHER GAMBLE | Andean weather is a gamble. All seasons in one day and swift shifts without heads up bring sketchy odds to the table, favoring lucky hands over prudent strategies when placing your bet. The day we hiked up to Cotopaxi’s glacial belt, the volcano was swathed in thick grey. It had been half an hour since we passed the refuge on 5,000 meters, but the low visibility left us without any notion of the remaining distance. Accelerating altitude hearts had long started beating a rhythm much faster than our steep steps and now mandated frequent breaks to gasp for the crisp air…

glimpse: MANY REASONS | I’ve seen these guys fight over many silly reasons, but race was never one of them.

 

Seoul / South Korea   bucket list

 

Salasaka / Ecuador   día de los muertos

 

Big Daddy Dune, Deadvlei / Namibia   abyss

Lonely Beach / Cambodia   sunset swing

 

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