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Silhouettes and Shadows

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by stevemccurry

Bodh Gaya, India

 The Sun never knew how wonderful it was
until it fell on the wall of a building.
Louis Kahn, Architect

quoted in forward of In Praise of Shadows,  Junichiro Tanizaki

Mud Mosque, Mali

Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain,
and see even here, upon a winter’s day,
how beautiful the shadows are.

  Alas!  It is the nature of their kind to be so.
The loveliest things in life are but shadows,
and they come and go, and change and fade away…

- Charles Dickens

Cambodia

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows,
the light and dark which that thing provides.
– Junichiro Tanizaki

Kabul, Afghanistan

We are but dust and shadow.
- Horace

Preah Khan, Cambodia

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
- J.R. R. Tolkien

Thailand

Burma/Myanmar

Mauritania

Brazil


Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
- T. S. Eliot

Italy


Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it.  The tree is the real thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

New York

Kandze, Tibet

Burma/Myanmar

Kabul, Afghanistan

China

Kashmir

Korea

Hindu Kush Mountains, Afghanistan

Ancient Catacombs, Rome, Italy

A shadow on the wall
boughs stirred by the noonday wind
that’s enough earth
and for the eye
enough celestial participation.
- Gottfried Benn
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

War’s Children

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by stevemccurry
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Young Hazara Soldier, Kabul, Afghanistan

 

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies is, in the final sense, a theft from those who
 hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”
- Dwight David Eisenhower

 

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Unknown Cambodian girl, Holocaust Museum, Phnom Penh

 

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Kuwait

 

In recent years, an estimated 20 million children have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict and human rights violations and are living as refugees in neighbouring countries or are internally displaced within their own national borders.

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Afghanistan

  

More than 2 million children have died as a direct result of armed conflict over the last decade.
More than three times that number, at least 6 million children, have been permanently disabled or seriously injured.

  

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More than 1 million have been orphaned or separated from their families.
Between 8,000 and 10,000 children are killed or maimed by landmines every year.
- Source:  UNICEF

  

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Kunduz, Afghanistan

  

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Kabul, Afghanistan

 

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Thailand

 

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Kashmir

In peace, sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature and fathers bury sons.

- Herodotus,  c. 484 – 425 BCE

 

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Luzon, Philippines

 

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Lebanon


Contrast and Clarity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2010 by stevemccurry

PERU-10027Yanesha, Peru

It has been said that we live by contrasts.  During my travels over the past three decades, I have been in palaces and paper shacks;  in extreme heat and in bitter cold.  I have seen  the sublime and the bizarre; violent death and new life.  Each contrasting thing heightens the effect of its opposite.

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“The yin and yang of stark contrasts create a notion of a fine balance.”  – Valerie Kent

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“In the canvas of life, a flat landscape would be boring. It is the valleys and the mountains that help us to appreciate the flatlands. It is the dark that makes us appreciate the light, and the cold that makes us appreciate the warm.” – Anne Copeland

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“So many opposites: darkness and light,  peace and chaos, subtlety and directness, intensity and muteness.” - Matthew Higginbotham

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“Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.” – Victor Hugo

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Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
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Mumbai, India
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Mumbai, India
“Beauty, pleasure, and the good things of life are intensified, and perhaps only exist, by reason of contrast.”  – Walter J.  Phillips

Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words Part II

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2010 by stevemccurry

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Rieti, Italy, 2006

 

We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.

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Los Angeles, California, USA, 1992

For as long as people have read books, artists have tried to portray the relationship of a reader and his/her book.

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Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003

 

No matter where I go in the world, I see people immersed in books.  It doesn’t matter if they are rich or poor, young or old, they find comfort, information, distraction, and inspiration between the covers of their books.

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Kandze, Tibet, 2002

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Los Angeles, California

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Sri Lanka, 1995

 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait, 1991

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, 2010

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Tibet, 2001

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Afghanistan, 1992

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Afghanistan, 1984

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Kunduz, Afghanistan, 2002

 

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

– Jorge Luis Borges

Tide of Destruction

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by stevemccurry

The Two Gulfs

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The largest oil spill in history until now, caused by the deliberate atrocity of the Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army as they were retreating from Kuwait, covered 600 square miles of sea surface, and blackened 300 miles of coastline and decimated the once-abundant wildlife.

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Saddam’s army deliberately spilled as much as six million barrels of crude as they blasted pipelines, and emptied loaded tankers into the Persian Gulf.  Everything that wasn’t spilled into the water was set on fire.

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“The Persian Gulf catastrophe would have even been worse if it were not for four brave Kuwaitis who tricked the Iraquis by making them think that a 48-inch pipe had already released all the oil from storage tanks.” –  Tom Canby (National Geographic, August 1991)

 

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Hundreds of volunteers cleaned up  habitats and laid protective booms across tidal channels. Even though at least 20,000 birds died, many were meticulously cleaned treated, and released.

 

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Comparison of the estimated spillage of three major oil disasters:

Gulf of Mexico: 126-210 million gallons (2.8-4.8 Million Barrels) as of July 13, 2010
Persian Gulf:  84-250 million gallons (2-6 Million Barrels)
Exxon Valdez:  11 million gallons (260,000 to 750,000 Barrels)
 

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Contrary to the reports that the spill had few long-term effects, there is ample evidence that there was long-term damage; some of the oil in the tidal flats is as much as a foot under the surface twenty years later.

To track the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico : http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/29/interactive.spill.tracker/index.html

Children of War

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by stevemccurry

Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone.

“It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Kabul, Afghanistan, 1993

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Luzon, Philippines, 1986

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Beirut, Lebanon, 1982

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Kuwait City, 1991

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A landmine victim, Pul i Khumri, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

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Shepherd boy at Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, 1991

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Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1985

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Child with Dutch Soldier, Afghanistan, 2002

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Tamil Tigers recruits during training, west of Batticola, Sri Lanka, 199

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Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

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