Choosing to not choose.

Independence Holiday is here! My mind drifts in anticipation of photographing pollinating bees and butterflies soaked in boiling Texas sun departing my office building when a person’s shirt caught my eye. It read:

Wage war.

Win.

Repeat.

America.

I wasn’t offended by the shirt. To the contrary. I was glad the man appearing middle eastern of sorts could wear a shirt of his choosing. A few days prior to July 4th and hopefully the form of protest was heard loud and clear. I kept walking.

The World Trade Center, Cole, 2007 stock crisis just didn’t happen in a vacuum. Chalmers Johnson, Michael Hardt, and John Perkins authored plenty on American policy abroad and the blowback that ensued. I’m not taking sides. The media is lax in reporting on American foreign policy and corporate intervention abroad. I can’t possibly.

But if I had to wear a shirt in protest it might read:

Wage war.

Win.

Repeat.

Humans.

Regardless of the story, humans pretty much make a fine mess out of everything. I try to photograph my subject matter in the spirit of impartiality. Deep down I know the nature I photograph is on the decline making me more determined.

Insects will cease to pollinate.

Fish will be less prevalent.

Birds will reproduce less.

That’s the problem with choosing sides. The mere act forces one to forget the other — to be a willing participant to bias. I believe we all just need to listen to each all sides. Start there.

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