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Marine Corps Diary

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I shot this train station photo somewhere between Mount Fuji and Tokyo, Japan in 1984.

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January 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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TheatreWorks

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Mattie and I attended the announcement of upcoming performances by the TheatreWorks Community Players Thursday night at their Black Box Theatre.

In this photo, the cast members are announcing their upcoming plays. You can follow the organization on facebook.

I shot this with the Olympus E-P1 and 17mm lens. The spotlight on the performers was spilling over to one person attending the function.

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January 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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Litchfield Beach

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Mattie and I made plans, today, for a trip to Litchfield Beach, S.C. I’ve been thinking about sitting on the beach all day.

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January 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Marine Corps Diary

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In this photo, the company first sergeant, me, Lt. Wasielewski and Lt. Kitzrow apparently are playing cards. The photo was shot in 1984 in our quonset hut at Mount Fuji, Japan. I probably used a foot locker for a tripod.

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January 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

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As a young boy, I read books about about military history and politics. My bed spread, at the time, had the faces of our United States founding fathers.

What was most interesting, in the books I read, was the island hopping campaign of the Marine Corps during World War II. A few days after arriving at Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, I discovered I was heading to Okinawa and Japan. It was a dream come true for me.

In Japan, I was stationed at Mount Fuji. On weekends, when were were not training, several of my fellow lieutenants and I would travel around Japan. We were getting 250 yen to the dollar in those days so it was pretty cheap. I spent several weekends in Tokyo and had the chance to train with the Japanese Defense Force for a week.

One of the more memorable times in Japan were our trips to an orphanage. We road a bus up the mountainside near Mount Fuji to play with the children. I always carried my Konica FC-1 camera with me where ever we went loaded with Kodachrome or Ektachrome. I can’t find the original slide of this but have an 8×12 print that I have scanned.

On one of our trips, this little child was playing under what I called, as a kid, monkey bars. I walked over to see her as she sat there eating something from a bowl. As I drew closer, she held out her bowl to share with me. I thought about how lucky I am, and it was breaking my heart that these children didn’t have a home other than with each other.

This photo was taken in 1984 so she is probably over 30-years-old now. When I look at this photo today, I still think about how lucky I am, and I always wonder what happened to her. I wish I knew.

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January 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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Walk Around Lake Lanier

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January 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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Cold, Gray Morning

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I had a meeting at the studio this morning. Afterwards, I when out with the Olympus E-5 and Pana/Leica 25mm F1.4 lens. It was a cold, gray morning, but I did find a little red.

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January 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm