Musings by the Glass - Portrait of a Wine Blogger

Seth T. Buckley

I am an attorney in Honolulu, Hawai‘i with Ashford & Wriston LLLP, specializing in corporate matters, real estate, and cross-border transactions.  This website is none of those things.  Intentionally. 

For me, photojournalism and writing are preferred avenues to explore the world around me.  Naturally introverted, I utilize photojournalism as a motivation to get out into the community and interact with others.  I even talk to strangers (shocking).  There are stories on every corner, in every alley, at every food stall. They happen in a moment. On most occasions, we pass them by without notice or thought. Photography reminds me to stop and observe, to engage with the world around me. I see the world best when I hold a camera to my eye.

In all of my photojournalism and writing, the foundation has been to learn about and experience cultures different from my own, to understand and appreciate them on a more intimate level, and to share them with anyone who is interested.  The world is a fascinating place, full of wonderful people, extraordinary cultures/traditions, and delightfully diverse cuisines. Great stories surround us. My photojournalism and blogging journey is an attempt to capture just a few.

And, in the end, it might even make me a better lawyer, too.

More than most other professions, the practice of law should have fact finding and truth seeking as its foundation. In a world of increasing relativism and alternative facts, lawyers cannot ethically ignore what is inconvenient to a client. The world persistently evades or manipulates difficult facts and truth; lawyers must not.

The blog, and photography in particular, is a reminder for me to see circumstances and issues as they truly are – documenting the world truthfully and honestly. I don't want to hide inconvenient truths; quite to the contrary, my photography helps me to grapple with difficult matters of contention, it challenges me to see social injustice, inequality and other issues that surround us. As an attorney, I have an ethical responsibility to advocate on behalf of my clients, but I must always do so with candor; facts and truth are the ultimate guidepost.

I want to challenge myself to think objectively and critically, to constantly learn, to grapple with intriguing and difficult questions. I want to take photographs that capture candid moments of life objectively and honestly, that evoke emotion, that compel reflection. I want my writings to ponder the issues faced by communities in the Pacific Rim. And I want to embrace it all with grace, truth and openness.

 Photo courtesy of  JMT

Photo courtesy of JMT

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