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Child’s Play

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BURMA-10691Burma

Child’s play is the exultation of the possible.
- Martin Buber

BANGLADESH-10006NF2Bangladesh

CAMBODIA-10049NFCambodia

Children at play are not playing about.
Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity.
- Michel de Montaigne

EUROPE-10012Croatia

Play is the highest form of research.
- Albert Einstein

ETHIOPIA-10284Ethiopia

Man is most nearly himself when
he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
- Heraclitus

INDIA-11310, India, 2010, A young girl in India. Retouched_Sonny FabbriIndia

Time is a game played beautifully by children.
- Heraclitus, Fragments

BURMA-10568NFBurma

HONDURAS-10027, La Fortuna, Honduras, 2004,Honduras

Deep meaning lies often in childish play.
- Johann Friedrich von Schiller

USA-10687 United States 

LEBANON-10001Lebanon

No matter how dire the situation, how dangerous the environment,
children need to play.
Whether it is splashing in puddles or climbing on abandoned tanks,
their world of make believe is almost as important as food and shelter.

AFGHN-10239NF_sfAfghanistan

AFGHN-12441Afghanistan

The true object of all human life is play.
- G. K. Chesterton

MALI-10010NF, Sahel Desert, Mali, 1986 final print_milanMali

INDIA-10727Mumbai, India

Whoever wants to understand much must play much.
- Gottfried Benn

BRAZIL-10104Brazil

People tend to forget that play is serious.
- David Hockney

HONDURAS-10010_JM Honduras

GERMANY-10029_JMGermany

We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

INDIA-10924_JMIndia

AUSTRALIA-10008, Maningrida, Australia, 1984Australia

ETHIOPIA-10152Ethiopia

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Eloquence of the Eye

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by stevemccurry

The soul has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.
- Charlotte Bronte

YEMEN-10004NF

Sanaa, Yemen

The eyes have one language everywhere.
- Proverb

INDIA-11837

India

 

PAKISTAN-10029

Peshawar, Pakistan

The eye is the jewel of the body.
- Henry David Thoreau

AFGRL-10001

Peshawar, Pakistan

Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.
 - Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian Poet

ETHIOPIA-10082NF2

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me;
my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.
- Meister Eckhart,  1259 – 1327

AFGHN-10242

Girl in Kandahar orphanage, Afghanistan

These eyes tell the stories of children around the world.
They speak of war, deprivation, and loss.

INDIA-11525

Rajasthan, India

 

ITALY-10427NF2

Umbria, Italy

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
-  William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

INDIA-11034

Rajasthan, India

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

INDIA-11025

Rajasthan, India

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton

TIBET-10009

Lhasa, Tibet

 

AFGHN-10222

Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

The eyes speak of things we dare not say.

Boy covered in red powder participates in the Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, marking the birthday of the elephant headed deity Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and one of Hinduism's most popular deities. Praying to Ganesh during the festival is

India

 

BURMA-10069

Bagan, Burma

 

CAMBODIA-10180

Cambodia

 

PAKISTAN-10002

Pakistan

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
-Henri Bergson

NIGER-10004

Niger

The eyes are the most powerful social signalers that we have and hence are
sometimes called the windows of the soul.
- Glen Wilson

INDIA-11532

India

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE

KASHMIR-10057

Srinagar, Kashmir

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE

BURMA-10141NF2

Yangon, Burma

 

MALAYSIA-10014

United States

 

FRANCE-10058NF

Lourdes, France

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to
look through each other’s eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

LATIN_AMERICA-10002

Colombia

Eyes have their own universal language, and no
interpreter is needed.

PAKISTAN-10004

Afghan refugee in Baluchistan, Pakistan

 

MALI-10021NF

Mali

The eyes can do a thousand things that fingers can not.
- Persian Proverb

AFGHN-12845ns

Afghanistan

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Power of Play

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by stevemccurry
ETHIOPIA-10152

Ethiopia

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

FIJI-10001

Fiji

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a
tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.
- Henri Matisse

TIBET-11024

Tibet

The true object of all human life is play.
- G. K. Chesterton

CHINA-10140

China

 

AFGHN-10195

Afghanistan

 

INDIA-11305

India

 

CAMBODIA-10118

Cambodia

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

TIBET-10799

Tibet

 

INDIA-10801

India

Play is the exultation of the possible.
- Martin Buber

INDIA-10749

India

A child loves his play, not because it’s easy,
but because it’s hard.
- Benjamin Spock

MAURITANIA-10015NF2

Mauritania

People tend to forget that play is serious.
- David Hockney

AFGHN-12441

Afghanistan

 

INDIA-10717

India

In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior.
In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
- Lev Vygotsky

BURMA-10278

Burma

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to
move beyond the bounds of reality.

A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet.
A small child can be a superhero.
- Fred Rogers

ETHIOPIA-10048

Ethiopia

 

INDIA-10621

India

 

MALI-10010NF

Mali

Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play;
music and dancing were pure play….
We have to conclude, therefore,

that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played…
- Johan Huizinga

AUSTRALIA-10008

Australia

 

BURMA-10206

Burma

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
- Diane Ackerman 

ETHIOPIA-10179

Ethiopia

 

00253_10, YEMEN-10058NF, Yemen, 1997

Yemen

Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives,
can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities,
and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world
where everyone is an equal and valued participant.
- Patricia G. Ramsey

INDIA-11310

India

INDIA-10727

India

Play is the highest form of research.
- attributed to Albert Einstein

INDIA-10625

India

 

_SM15729_adj, Cuba, 2010, CUBA-00004

Cuba

Sometimes you have to drop the rake and play in the leaves.
- Douglas V’Soske

BURMA-10280; Mandalay; Burma; 02/2011final print_MACRO

Burma

 

Varanasi, India, 2010

India

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Fun and Games

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by stevemccurry

China

BRAZIL-10010NF

Brazil

RUSSIA-10031

Russia

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed
himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become
unstable without knowing it.
- Herodotus

Burma

The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden.
Heaven is a playground.
- G . K. Chesterton

USA-10206

Los Angeles, USA

You must invent your own games and
teach us old ones how to play.
- Nikki Giovanni

CANADA-10001

Canada

You can discover more about a person in an
hour of play than in a year of conversation.
- Plato

HONDURAS-10027

Honduras

In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior.
In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
- Lev Vygotsky

INDIA-11598

India

People tend to forget that play is serious.
- David Hockney

INDIA-10836

Rajasthan, India

 

BURMA-10278

Burma

INDIA-10490NF

Mumbai, India

Play is the exultation of the possible.
- Martin Buber

AUSTRALIA-10008

Australia

A child loves to play not because it is easy, but because it is hard.

- B. Spock, M.D.

Burma

Lebanon

BANGLADESH-10010

Bangladesh

Play is a uniquely adaptive act,
not subordinate to some other adaptive
act, but with a special function of its own
in human experience.
- Johan Huizinga

AFGHN-12262

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Umbria, Italy

Turkey

India

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To laugh often and much; To win the respect of people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Language of Looking

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Please scroll to the bottom for the unseen portrait of the week. 

 There are many ways to describe the ways that people look at each other and the world.  We peek, stare, glance, gaze, gape, glare, and peer.  We also examine, contemplate, squint, and observe.

 

 INDIA-10216Jodhpur, India

BURMA-10151Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

GERMANY-10061 Berlin, Germany

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. 
 - Henry David Thoreau 

YUGOSLAVIA-10069Croatia

AFGHN-13002Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13295Afghanistan

AFGHN-12691NFnsKabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10731Thirumullaivayil, India

One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily
symbol of identity. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

INDIA-10757Train to Peshawar, Pakistan

BURMA-10394NF5Myanmar/Burma

PARAGUAY-10030Paraguay

TIBET-10303NFBarkhor Quarter, Lhasa, Tibet

It’s the way to educate your eyes.  Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.  Die knowing something.  You are not here long.
- Walker Evans  

SPAIN-10020Reina Sofia, National Museum of Art, Madrid, Spain

If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for the 1000th time,
you are in danger of seeing it for the first time.
-  G. K. Chesterton 

INDIA-11085Jaipur, India

I used to try to figure out precisely what I was seeing all the time, until I discovered I didn’t need to.
If the thing is there, why, there it is.
- Walker Evans

CAMBODIA-10311A man examines photographs of victims of the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 prison camp, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 Unseen Portrait of the WeekPAKISTAN-10011Baluchistan, Pakistan

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