Recently while on a location shoot I was fretting over some bit of kit, or fussing about a client meltdown, or fumbling over some scheduling issue when I happened to I look up to see two people walking by.

It was just by chance that I looked up in that instant but in that moment I was reminded about one of the most important things in life.

The two people walking by were friends.

I knew this not by their faces, nor their conversation, I could see nor hear either. I knew this by the way they walked, one arm draped over the other’s shoulder. It was an easy uncomplicated walk. One that friends have when they are comfortable in the each others company.

I always marvel at the way friendship shows. In the way it grows and forms. Across all borders of race, religion, gender, and age. What follows are a few images exploring friendship.

Warning., the last image in this post some may find distressing.

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"Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
—Anais Nin

"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship."
—Thomas Aquinas

"You win the victory when you yield to friends."

"I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don't trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cellphone screen."
—John Cusack

"Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief."
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit."

"I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter."
—Tahar Ben Jelloun

"Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer."
—Jean de La Fontaine

"Of all possessions a friend is the most precious."

"A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same."
—Elbert Hubbard

"The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend."
—Henry David Thoreau

"My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of."
—Jodie Foster

"In the city fields
Contemplating cherry-trees...
Strangers are like friends"
―Kobayashi Issa

"Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected."
—Charles Lamb

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
—C. S. Lewis

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

"La verdadera amistad resiste el tiempo, la distancia y el silencio."
―Isabel Allende

"People come in and out of our lives, and the true test of friendship is whether you can pick back up right where you left off the last time you saw each other."
—Lisa See

"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship."

"I get by with a little help from my friends."
—John Lennon

"Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes."
—Friedrich Nietzsche

"Friendship is inexplicable, it should not be explained if one doesn't want to kill it."
—Max Jacob

"Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend."
—Bill Watterson

I look forward to seeing you out there.

Thank you,

Julian Ray

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