7/20/2009

Making oil in Karachi




















I was walking down the street here in Karachi, Pakistan minding my own business and I looked over and saw this man who was also minding his own business. We were both in the middle of a busy market full of people everywhere and lots of noise. There was so much stimulation everywhere that there was no reason for us to notice each other but we did. Karachi has a population of 11 million. It is different from the rest of Pakistan in the same way that New York is different from the rest of the United States. It's culture is characterized by the blending of Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Western influences. The pace of life is more hurried and people everywhere are rushing. Time is money and money is life. As I walked, I noticed this man on the sidelines quietly crushing nuts and making oil . Quickly I grabbed my camera and snapped this picture. He was alright with it and so I was happy. I think he was proud of his endeavor. His goal was to fill up all those bottles with oil. You can see underneath there, where the bottles are. He was slowly filling them all up. If you double click on the picture it will blow it up.









The day in the life of a Peruvian taxi cab driver! In the Nasca Peru desert, the presence of over 300 figures and 10,000 lines has been recorded, sketched all over the place and covering an enormous flat, dry area. There are figures of ants, monkeys etc... They are so large that they can only be seen from the air. My friend and I wanted to see them, so we chartered a plane to fly over the area. Like most transportation in Peru, we had to wait a long time for the plane to arrive, so while we were on standby I noticed our taxi driver resting in the backseat of his car and took this picture.





We were up in Cloudcroft New Mexico. The flowers covered the ground and the butterflies were everywhere. My daughter was playing with this one as I snapped away. I ended up with a nice sequence of these shots!