An open space to check things out


“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” ― Studs Terkel

Many bottle collectors are solo proprietors — they enjoy working alone. It allows them the time to think about things and not have to share the profits at the end of the day. There is nothing wrong with that approach to making a living. There is no set definition for this type of enterprise. A significant number of these rugged individualists enjoy their quiet space over boisterous companionship.

Louis “Studs” Terkel was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster who received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for “The Good War” and is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans.

When I was studying at university I devoured many of his well written narratives regarding ordinary people and their daily life experiences.

His writing style  and novel approach to understanding people has influenced my own choice of photographic subject matter. 

I try to present people as they are and how they cope with the life settings and situations they find themselves in everyday.

By exposing their trials , tribulations and successes I hope to offer a glimpse into our own universally shared human experiences and frustrations.

We are not alone. The space between us is the bonding element of our humanity.

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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

10 Comments on An open space to check things out

  1. I read his book “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day” and had it for the longest time. It was lost in one of my moves…..He was quite a character, Studs Terkel was. Hadn’t thought about him in a while. Thanks, Gerry.


    • Thank you for your thoughts Lois. I also enjoyed reainng Eric Hoffer’s “On the Waterfront” writings. His words presented verbal portraits and insights into the folks he was writing about. Have an enjoyable weekend Lois. Take care. Be safe. 🙂

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  2. Whoa! Great one…


  3. Well done Gerry!! I always enjoy your blogs about the everyday people. Truly we are all the same with the similar needs and worries no matter who we are!! 🙂


  4. Your approach to writing and photography as you described in this post is a key aspect of your uniqueness and why I enjoy your posts. I like your opening quote about work. Besides our need for income we have many other needs and ideally, some of these would be satisfied during our working hours…sadly, sometimes not.


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