Photo Essay

CONTACT LENS: Vibrant Ancestors

The Badlands National Park

We are the physical composite of nearly every biological organism that has and does exist on planet Earth: from the cilium vibrating in our lungs to the hair on our skin; from the ongoing waves of peristalsis snaking deep within to the twitch and flick of muscles flocking around our eyes. Our thoughts and actions are the composite of every struggle and demise of nearly every biological organism that has and does exist on planet Earth, each and every strategy failed and awarded, whether of protista, fungus, earthworm or blue whale. Why then should anyone take offense when science illuminates our connection with all these vibrant ancestors with whom we were and are? I celebrate this connection today, and honor my micro and macro brethren.

"If you want me again look for me under your boot soles. -Walt Whitman"

Be in love, my loves.

GJC

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11 responses

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (21 Jun 2013):

    Fascinating narrative and love your portraits, as always!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (21 Jun 2013):

    That can be said about the air we breathe. All of us share the same oxygen and part of each other. As always, wonderful portraits.

  • Gary Joseph Cohen

    Gary Joseph Cohen said (22 Jun 2013):

    Thank you James and Susan.

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (23 Jun 2013):

    Congrats on being The Story of the Week!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (24 Jun 2013):

    fantastic - my vote and congrats on story of the week - so well deserved

  • Gary Joseph Cohen

    Gary Joseph Cohen said (25 Jun 2013):

    Thank you Carol. Always a surprise.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Jun 2013):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Jun 2013):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Gary Joseph Cohen

    Gary Joseph Cohen said (27 Jun 2013):

    Thank you, always, John!

  • Dominique Sz

    Dominique Sz gave props (2 Sep 2013):

    Amazing Shot and story !!!my vote of course ;)

  • Gary Joseph Cohen

    Gary Joseph Cohen said (7 Sep 2013):

    Thank you, Dominique!

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