“We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today.  I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great.  If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.”  ~Art Buchwald

I love living vicariously in the lives of others (well not everyone) – those who have embraced life and taken risks. Those who have in fact – lived. Life is there to be experienced so why should you live the same way day to day? I will follow up on this post with a post about living in the moment soon but I want to mention that today I met a photographer named Jerome Diaz. You can read much of his bio on his site. However he is originally from Venezuela and interned with Helmet Newton before he passed away. When I spoke to Jerome today  I was so inspired. Here’s one of his images from Sports Illustrated.

We both shared stories about our lives in travel and experience. His career spanned way ahead of my college career and had been entirely in film. He’s self taught initially and has worked for a large scale of clients from FHM to Playboy. What inspired me the most was his dedication and drive throughout his youth.

His work is indeed impeccable and he shared his personal book with me. The way he explained what he used to do showed me true passion as an artist.

View some of his work at his domain (he hasn’t updated it in years).

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