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Dealing with Life

Orlando Diary

Sometimes, when you're engaged in some fora flamewar frenzy over which brand or model of camera/lens/whatever is superior to all others, you tend to forget why you bought your gear in the first place: to photograph life around you.

Rush Hour Homeward Bound

When you photograph life around you, you take what life gives you. All too often we obsess over what we believe to be important to creating the "perfect" photograph; perfect exposure, focus, sharpness, and perfection in the subject chosen. So why not just point and shoot, and let serendipity play an important part. Sometimes you wind up with a photograph that fails in all these areas yet is satisfying in whole, and captures an illuminating moment of your life.

Falling through the safety net

Sometimes life shows you real people, in awkward circumstances neither you nor they wish you were a part of. But then there you are, working your way through an awkward situation to find a resolution. Sometimes it ends happily, sometimes it doesn't. More often it ends in ambiguity.

The injured bird

Fallen Angel

Road Kill

Our existence is parasitic and destructive to all other life around us. Creatures far smaller and weaker, and far more beautiful, suffer and die due to our indifference and cruelty. These acts and their terrible results are all too often ignored while we seek to fill our lives with our own twisted definition of beauty.

Loving wife, mother, Nana

For all our striving and insatiable desire to consume, death awaits us all.

Equipment Used

First image: Olympus E-P2 and Zuiko Digital 40-150mm Mk II w/MMF-2 adapter
Second image: Olympus E-P2 and M.Zuiko 17mm
Third image: Olympus E-P2 and M.Zuiko 17mm
Forth image: Olympus E-P2 and M.Zuiko 17mm
Fifth image: Olympus E-P2 and Zuiko Digital 9-18mm w/MMF-1 adapter
Last image: Olympus E-P2 and M.Zuiko 17mm


  1. Very powerful and well written. Keep it up.

  2. Hi

    >Our existence is parasitic and destructive to all other life around us. Creatures far smaller and weaker, and far more beautiful, suffer and die due to our indifference and cruelty

    well, its good that you have joined the world and seen that that's how it is for everything except for the most basic of plants.

    All heterotrophic organisms do this in order to survive. Its called the food chain in some versions of high school biology and was called the web of life in my high school biology.

    The important thing is to respect the life we take in order for us to live. This point seems to be lost in the modern western meat grinder we call culture.

    I encourage you to look into the meaning of "itadakemasu" which is spoken in Japan before eating anything.



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