GRINDAVIK, Iceland - One of Iceland's biggest tourist attractions, the Blue Lagoon, lies in the middle of a vast lava field where this cloudy pool of effluent from the Svartsengi geothermal power station is said to have curative powers. The station is fuelled by seawater that is super-heated as it passes through the molten lava below.
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia - A kominik, or chimney sweep in Czech, takes a cigarette break under the watchful eye of Lenin.
Dun Laoghaire, Ireland -- Swimmers venture into the rough, icy waters of Dublin Bay at the Forty Foot bathing area just off Sandycove Point.
OPOCNO, Czech Republic - Falconers stop alongside the road to rest during the country's annual International Falconry Competition.
Photojournalist James Fassinger has spent most of his 20 years in photography walking the streets of big cites and small towns photographing the interesting and often overlooked lives of ordinary people and the places that surround them. These scenes, whether humorous, mundane, romantic or tragic, lend themselves to the most important aspect of his work – to capture images that reflect the emotion and humanity in all of us. After obtaining his B.A. in Journalism from Central Michigan University, Fassinger gained most of his early photography experience at newspapers in the U.S. before traveling to Prague in 1992. There, he worked as staff photographer and photo editor for Prognosis, the first English-language newspaper of the Czech and Slovak Republics and after, as a freelance photographer in the region. After more than 16 years living abroad, James has returned with his family to live in the Detroit area where he was raised. He continues to photograph assignment work and also directs the Imagine Photo Club at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a program which gives children cameras to document their lives, giving them an outlet for expression while providing hospital doctors and staff insight into their lives at home. His work has appeared in The Times of London, The European, The National newspaper, the Czech Lidove Noviny and El Pais of Spain. Limited editions of his hand-printed silver gelatin prints can also be found in collections throughout the United States and Europe.