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In recent times, scientists have discovered a new subspecies breeding out of the human race, which has now been classified ‘homo workaholicus’. Unlike almost all other species, which labour primarily to gather food, this breed has been observed working tirelessly for many days on end, often ignoring family and other tribe members, and without any reward either being offered or delivered.

We captured a specimen and brought it into the lab where we attempted to engage it in a variety of fun activities, as demonstrated with the bubbles pictured here. Not only did it fail to relax and avoid engaging in any of the attempted pursuits, but it appeared to be mystified by the very concept of leisure.

In fact, its only response was to ask if we would like it to type up our results.
We accepted.

My Canon Photo5 2008 Entries

Thread of Life


homo workaholicus

Summer Love

Making Haloes


  • Tim Beasley
    Tim Beasleyabout 6 years ago

    Great image and write up. One thing that is a shame is that so many people will never end up reading what people wrote in their descriptions for the gallery. Some of the descriptions are really interesting and can reveal a lot about the photo in both how it was technically achieved and also the reason behind it or the theme idea.

  • Thanks, Tim.
    I agree about the descriptions. I always make sure I read descriptions in galleries because it adds so much more to the image. I have seen people walking through the Archibalds in about 5 minutes and I think, “Do they have any idea what these portraits are about?”
    The big shame with the Photo5 gallery is that you don’t even see the title unless you click on the image. At least the title could be shown to create intrigue to prompt reading further.

    – Graham Lea

  • MickJ
    MickJabout 6 years ago

    I like how the emotions of this image tell a story also. I like the write up.


  • Thanks, Michael.
    It’s surprisingly hard to keep a straight face while having bubbles blown straight at it. I have a great sequence from this shoot where I couldn’t help smiling and then both of us ended up laughing very hard.

    – Graham Lea

  • Pamela Bates
    Pamela Batesabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic imagination and creativity! Love the story behind the image!

  • Thanks, Pamela.
    It was a fun image to make, so I thought I’d try and convey a sense of that in the description. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    – Graham Lea

  • Enrico Bettesworth
    Enrico Bettesw...about 6 years ago

    Great idea here Graham, agreed! well done! Good luck :)

  • Thanks, Enrico. I’ve taken the dangerous route of making the bubbles appear to not be fun! But we’ll see how it goes…

    – Graham Lea

  • tracywallace
    tracywallaceabout 6 years ago

    Interesting image and description.

  • Thanks, Tracy.

    – Graham Lea

  • housenbaby
    housenbabyabout 6 years ago

    Love it, and yes, a shame the words will be lost in the shuffle for many.

    Such great entries to the comp – very curious to see the final selection …

  • Thank you. I’m dying to see what’s put as a finalists, too. As I wrote in my journal, there’s only a 5 in 1,300 chance of getting picked, so I’m not expecting to be up there, but I’d be thrilled if someone even told me that I got close.

    – Graham Lea

  • Carly Chapman
    Carly Chapmanabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic entry, love the idea behind it as well as the shot, good luck!

  • Thanks very much, Carly. Not too long now ’til we all find out!

    – Graham Lea

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