PHOTOGRAPHY: Loved & Abandoned

"Loved & Abandoned"

“Loved & Abandoned”


I shot this on Sunday afternoon near my home. I caught one glimpse of it and had to make a U-turn.

The scene represents a friendship left to die, passion allowed to wither and a life once energetic, ultimately not lived to its full potential…


Photo credit: Yekemi Otaru

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there Be Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there Be Light

Lairhillock, Aberdeenshire
Taken by Rorie Craigmyle

Today, I’m Thinking About Family

Chicago, Oct 2013

Chicago, Oct 2013

Photo Credit: Michael Otaru (Uncle Oye)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie


Photo Credit: Yekemi Otaru
Model: Tonitse Otaru aged 8 as “Break dancing skeleton”

The universe, the darkness and the alter ego

When I’m tired and weary, strength comes from the oddest places. I have spoken in pictures more than words in recent months so it seems appropriate that I “show” you rather than tell you how I get up… Indeed, there are times when I’m knocked down. The trick is not to get knocked out.

1. I believe in God, the universe, in time, in space and that everything happens for a reason…. Somehow, this helps me get up because there’s hope.

2. The darkness and the tunnel do not go on forever. There were times when I think, “this is too hard… ” But I see light at the end of the tunnel. To see the light, I have to get up!

Photo taken by Derek Blank - see his work on

Photo taken by Derek Blank – see his work on

3. Ultimately, I have an alter ego that really kicks ass. Sometimes, she comes on the scene late but she does bring it when she comes. I’ve learned to be a tiny bit more patient with myself. Also, the solution we seek may not be the solution we get…but it’s still a solution and things work out.



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