Photography is at times a solitary job. By the very nature of the art form photography requires a lot of introspection and contemplation. Sometimes that isolation can have a tendency to blur one’s own perspective. That loss of perspective focus can be both a good and bad occurrence. Bad in that you can drift from your own passions and ideas, if you let it. Good in that it opens the doors to new questions and answers, if you are open to the exploration.

As I was going about my work recently I took some time to pause and reflect on the work of others and, in a way, my own. The pride and dignity I observed in everyone doing their job was inspiring to me. These are a few images of the people I met as I was pondering.

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“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
― Helen Keller

“When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.”
― Henry J. Kaiser

“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.”
― Nelson Mandela

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
― Vince Lombardi

“It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.”
― Pablo Picasso

“A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright

“Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.”
― Voltaire

“If you do nothing you get nothing.”
― Aung San Suu Kyi

“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
― Abdul Kalam

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
― Aristotle

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
― Thomas A. Edison

“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”
― Mother Teresa

“Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with.”
― Stevie Wonder

I look forward to seeing you out there.

Julian Ray

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