Life Observed

I am a seeker and keeper of stories using visual poetry to observe the ordinary in hopes of seeing the humanity that points toward our oneness.


A constant in my photographic work is observing life and communicating those observations with images.  I am excited to participate in the current competition being sponsored by Lens Culture.  The theme is Street Photography.   Here are the five images I’ve submitted.

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In the heart of midtown Manhattan NYC, among the hard surfaces of concrete, glass and steel, a moment of childlike wonderment. A bubble one of the most delicate things there is catches the attention of preoccupied New Yorkers and gives them a moment of joyful engagement.

 

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I spontaneously gave this image the title “interchange 5th Avenue.”
Then I thought, “maybe I should check the exact meaning of interchange.
The Oxford dictionary gives this definition:
“1 (of two people) exchange (things) with each other: 2 put each of (two things) in the other’s place; alternate, exchange between two people etc: 2 alternation.”
This meaning is pertinent to my image: “road junction where traffic streams do not cross.”

 

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Observed from 15 stories up, people walking in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street in New York City, NY.

 

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Gentleman in the white suite is a member of Santeria an Afro-Caribbean religious tradition of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

 

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View from Hotel Raquel, Old Havana, Cuba

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entry: Lens Culture / Street Photography Awards 2017

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Moon Jellyfish

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Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) Saba

When Diana Nyad completed her 110 mile swim from Cuba to Key West on September 2, 2013 it rekindled memories of my encounters with jellyfish in the Caribbean.   While photographing underwater for the book The Living Seas I swam into a swarm of jellyfish. I experienced how this magnificent creäture can be threatening.

Jellyfish sting in defense and as a way to attack prey.  The tentacles are covered with thousands of cells with stinging threads.  These stinging cells shoot out like darts shooting venom with the goal of paralyzing.  This action is capable of killing smaller marine creatures.  From first hand experience I can tell you that the effect on humans is pain, skin rashes, fever and muscle cramps. Given that I was underwater when stung  I did not have close at hand vinegar, rubbing alcohol, meat tenderizer or or baking soda. I did have one of the more effective antidotes, urine.  Trust me it works.

In spite of the potential hazard I was drawn back again and again with the goal of creating images which would celebrate the otherworldly beauty of the jellyfish.

I salute Diana Nyad.

To see additional underwater images visit my Image Archive: EastepPhotography.com

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