" examples of a man "

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it's a curious thing, the notion of what makes a man. in my life, i never had a direct instructional on how to develop those qualities which would be resultant in manhood. it was a smattering of observations, learning by osmosis from other men in my life, an assemblage of mimicry, and moments of flexing my own notions.

as i am now, it feels like i'm less a "man-man," and more simply a human. there are most definitely templates, stereotypes, and typologies of what the global man is, but we are all just shades of gray on the spectrum.

we all have the infinite potential for greatness and tenderness, where our mightiest power lies in having the notion, and knowing when to utilize it in support of our fellow people.

the beauty of our existence lies in our bold implementation of our personalities and is recorded by those around us through our actions. what makes you a man then, becomes less important than what makes you a good person.

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a time spent with strangers and old friends. great deliberate attempts at conversation and understanding.

the world shrinks a little, as we make those vital social connections. laughter, recognition, camaraderie, an intimacy of newness and shared information.

we find ourselves with less and less time left on the planet, and yet with each passing day, we become closer to it all. this renewal of awe and sentimentality purely fuels the desire to be more social and make more connections.

this is the active making time to be furiously leisurely while making an acquaintance. these are the actions which lead to slowing down the pace.

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 i just want to believe, full-hearted with all of my individual fibers, that we have in each moment, the potential to make connections with others. 
 obviously is possible, but there are so many little menial things in the way, things! self-doubt, not wanting to bother people…but that in not bothering people, you deny them the pleasure of your conversation, or company, or the idea that sharing a moment or two with a complete stranger makes them not a stranger anymore. 
 i think i’m starting to believe more and more. 
 just great little snippets of lives lived, being heard, maybe being understood, meandering thoughts, putting your best foot forward, and honest and open heart, sparkles, glee, wonder, engaging the fringe of social risks. 
 i’m finding it easier to believe that people are interested in having one of those days, just as much as i am. one where we moved slightly forward in our bravery and happiness, and you were glad to have made a connection however fleeting. 
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i just want to believe, full-hearted with all of my individual fibers, that we have in each moment, the potential to make connections with others.

obviously is possible, but there are so many little menial things in the way, things! self-doubt, not wanting to bother people…but that in not bothering people, you deny them the pleasure of your conversation, or company, or the idea that sharing a moment or two with a complete stranger makes them not a stranger anymore.

i think i’m starting to believe more and more.

just great little snippets of lives lived, being heard, maybe being understood, meandering thoughts, putting your best foot forward, and honest and open heart, sparkles, glee, wonder, engaging the fringe of social risks.

i’m finding it easier to believe that people are interested in having one of those days, just as much as i am. one where we moved slightly forward in our bravery and happiness, and you were glad to have made a connection however fleeting.

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 you’ll never know what kindliness and interests lay beyond the mystery of possibility. to engage and request, to face another with honesty & genuine regard. 
 time unfurls itself and lengthens to suit the seemingly infinite space in which we wonder, and wonder if we will act upon that sense of wonder. 
 a sublime sweetness and a true graciousness, which welcomes you into that sought-out photographic situation. what will you do in that great moment, but do your best and make an image timeless? 
 how rare is it, the opportunity itself? and what an honor is each instance and occasion to prove your worth and quality? 
 (thank you for your time and graciousness  aridesu , i’ll have film for you anytime you are free and willing) 
 these are the shots i seek, and the most satisfying and fruitful. i love these opportunities, and never treat them with anything but thankfulness. 
 what did you challenge yourself to do today? 
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you’ll never know what kindliness and interests lay beyond the mystery of possibility. to engage and request, to face another with honesty & genuine regard.

time unfurls itself and lengthens to suit the seemingly infinite space in which we wonder, and wonder if we will act upon that sense of wonder.

a sublime sweetness and a true graciousness, which welcomes you into that sought-out photographic situation. what will you do in that great moment, but do your best and make an image timeless?

how rare is it, the opportunity itself? and what an honor is each instance and occasion to prove your worth and quality?

(thank you for your time and graciousness aridesu, i’ll have film for you anytime you are free and willing)

these are the shots i seek, and the most satisfying and fruitful. i love these opportunities, and never treat them with anything but thankfulness.

what did you challenge yourself to do today?

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