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the human condition in black & white

 

 

 

 

  This photographic take on the human condition focuses the lens on some of the stark contrasts between people’s lives across the world, while trying to capture the conspicuous similarities in the same breath. Lives, circumstances and daily routines differ vastly from country to country, but often the more so within one nation, region or group. Generalizations might help a point come across – in some countries people live to work, in others they work to live. However, everywhere you'll find the same, even more striking distinctions – extroverts and introverts, bosses and clerks, folks lending hands or using elbows, dreamers and doers, dreaming doers. At the end of the day, our universal differences unite us all as one species of monkey merely disguised in a human wardrobe. Maybe the steps leading people to become these characters are deliberate, or perhaps it's all fate or coincidence; maybe it's luck, the lack of it, or bad luck; maybe nurture or nature; maybe a bit of everything. This gallery shows all kinds of characters and unsung heroes, from locals to travelers, from children to grandparents, from portraits to masses.​

These shots are in b/w. For people galleries in color click here.

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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 a heads up bring sketchy odds to the table, favoring lucky hands over prudent strategies when placing your bet. The day we hiked up to the glacial belt of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, thick opaque mist swathed the volcano’s rugged face. From the refuge on 5,000m it’s roughly another 200 meters to the glacier, but the low visibility left us without any notion of the remaining distance. Accelerating altitude hearts beat a rhythm much faster than our steps up the steep celestial slope 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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Nepal

Himalayas / Hiking Alone, Astray & Everestless

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work on the ground & online

Spain

Barcelona / Revolution in the Air, But Where?