Wherever we travel, humans are the same. Inevitably. We are bound to witness the course of different lives, but we all share some universal traits. Where faces do not receive focus, hand gestures embrace quirky moments of happenstance.
“Such is Life” brings moments from Fiji, Thailand, Portugal, Mexico, Malaysia, and the United States together in this shared experience we call life. Humor is a common theme throughout all series, a fil rouge that reminds us not to take life too seriously. Unconventional framing creates an element of mystery, leaving a sense of wonderment about the intriguing stories of the people we meet on our journey. Adding charisma, the use of flash exaggerates the vibrant colors of the world. Dan Fenstermacher has witnessed joy, sadness, anger, frustration, and compassion and was able to put it all out there for us to see.


Dan Fenstermacher is an American professor of photography at West Valley Community College based in San Jose, California, US. He first approached photography when his stepdad gave him a Canon Powershot point and shoot camera with AA batteries for his 21st birthday. At the time, Dan took that on a trip to Ghana and fell in love with capturing moments. There was always something magical about the variety of emotions people were showing in front of his camera. Over the years, he has gotten closer to his subjects, widened his focal length, and implemented external flash. Right now, it is his favorite aesthetic element in his work because he can shape the light as he desires. Currently, he is working on a new project at a car wash next to his house, documenting orange street cones whenever he sees them. Dan Fenstermacher hopes to publish his ongoing series “Such Is Life” in a photobook. A future project he is planning is a documentary project about lithium battery mining used for electric vehicles.