Twenty Feet And Worlds Apart

In some parts of the world the good life and a life less fortunate live side-by-side with only twenty feet of separation.
In some parts of the world the good life and a life less fortunate live side-by-side with only twenty feet of separation.

Never gave this photograph much thought until I started to look at it in greater detail.  Certainly, the contrast between the photo’s foreground and background could not have been more stark.  In some sense, the photo is almost a reflection of the state of society in many of our major metropolitan areas, where the distance separating different worlds sometimes comes down to just a few feet.  I can only wonder whether these worlds are conscious of each other’s existence or whether they have become numb or invisible to each other by now.

How Often Do You Share?

One of the most powerful activities anyone can engage in is the simple act of sharing.
One of the most powerful activities anyone can engage in is the simple act of sharing.

Think of last month for a second.  How often did you share anything you’ve learned or own with anyone?  I have no doubt that answers to this question will run the gamut, as we all engage in some form of sharing at one time or another, even without realizing that sharing is what we’re doing.  Not that I’m advocating for anyone to give away the fruit of their labor, as this is surely the best way of guaranteeing that you’ll be out of business in a hurry.  This is specially the case in photography, where most folks continue to bear incredible pressure to just give away what they have worked so diligently to create (not to mention the expense they incur to create those photos).  However, in every trade there are many things that can be shared without having to worry about lost revenue or market infringement.  In fact, some goodwill could go a long way in putting money in your pocket down the road.  Don’t believe me?  Then check out people like Scott Kelby, Vincent Laforet, Chase Jarvis, and Steve Huff, to name a few.  All extremely generous professionals who like to share their knowledge and are rewarded by a loyal group of followers.