Go Forward, Move Ahead

Munich Airport, Germany 2018 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

If the world was one long moving walkway, it would seem very clear which way to go.

You could hop on, enjoy the sights around you, and head to where you need to go automatically. No stress, minimal effort, and in the right directions: forward.

If the moving walkway represented time, you would assume it was linear, that is, a straight line from A to B.

What if, instead of a moving walkway, you were presented with a carousel that went around and around, and up and down? Or a roller coaster that inched slowly upward and picked up speed and momentum on its way to the bottom? Maybe it’s a lake whose waves rippled out in all directions.

Whichever way you go, it’s important to pay attention. The journey is the experience of moving through time and space, without it we only have point A and point B.

Time is an illusion.

– Albert Einstein

Time Flies

Auckland Airport departure lounge, 2018 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

It was exactly one year ago that I departed the sunny shores of New Zealand for beautiful Cologne in Germany. I was attending the world’s biggest photography and imaging festival, Photokina.

This is not a blog about the festival, although I did already blog about it at the time – you can read it here. It simply makes me reflect on the fact that it has been an entire year since that trip, however in my mind it feels as fresh as if it were only weeks ago.

There is no Photokina festival this year but look out for it in May of 2020, where no doubt some monumental announcements will be made as per usual. I would also note that Nikon, Leica, and Olympus have confirmed they will not be in attendance, so let’s hope they have something else up their sleeve. Leica is in a class of its own, however, so they have little to worry about.

In the meantime I will continue to covet the Leica Q2, Ricoh GRIII, Canon EOS R plus RF 28-70 f2, and the Fujifilm GFX 50R and their novelty sized lenses.

Are we alone here?

Los Angeles, California 2017 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

Is it possible that there is life outside of earth?

Every Friday morning, my son Ethan and I have our ‘Father-Son coffee’ together (his coffee is always a hot chocolate), and we have kept this tradition now for half his life time. The conversation of late has evolved from gaming and memes to much deeper topics. I opened this blog with the very question I was hit with this morning.

I was initially intrigued by the nature of the question itself, especially because Ethan was still half asleep, but then I felt immediately excited. Thus begun a twenty minute long conversation about the notion of life on Earth, what sustains life, and if there could be life on other planets or galaxies and would we ever find out in our lifetime? I am closely following NASA’s Mars exploration program and the data gathered thus far has helped to give us big clues into this big question.

Ethan is a logical boy, he determines things not through assumption but empirical evidence, however the combination of his new high school subjects – science and philosophy – have helped to open his mind a lot more. Not to mention make our coffee dates a lot more stimulating.

We are all lucky to be here on this Earth right now, to have the opportunity of life, and to do with it whatever we like. At the same time however, we are but a small blip in the fabric of space and time, and maybe we are not alone. We may never know the answer for certain in our lifetime, so we are left to explore and be curious.

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

– Neil Armstrong