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The Lives We Live

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by stevemccurry

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
- Flora Whittemore

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Maimana, Afghanistan

Since the beginning of time, doors have
symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.

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Varanasi, India

Morocco-10024; 00541_07; Morocco; 03/1988

Morocco

The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage
from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.
Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion.

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Kashmir

The Door
Too little has been said
Of the door,
its one face turned to the night’s
Downpour
and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

For doors are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said of our
coming through and leaving by them.
- Charles Tomlinson

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India

CAMBODIA-10002

Cambodia

TIBET-10927

Tibet

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
- Emily Dickinson

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Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10005

Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

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West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556

India

USA-10256

Los Angeles, United States

The door swings open:
O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confine yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
- Margaret Atwood

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Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

INDIA-11038NF

Bombay/Mumbai, India

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Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020

Dhaka, Bangladesh

CAMBODIA-10145

Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055

Macedonia

The Door

Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden, or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye, or the picture of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if nothing is there,
go and open the door.

At least there’ll be a draught.
- Miroslav Holub
translated from the Czech by Ian Milner

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Yemen

VIETNAM-10019

Vietnam

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and
comfort – the opening, terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing -
the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
- Andy Rooney

Open and Closed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by stevemccurry

VIETNAM-10019Vietnam

Since the beginning of time, doors have symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.  The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.  Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion. 

KASHMIR-10076Kashmir

The Door
Too little
has been said
Of the door, its one
Face turned to the night’s
Downpour and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

AFGHN-12927NF4 Bamiyan, Afghanistan 

For doors
Are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said
Of our coming through and leaving by them.
- Charles Tomlinson

INDIA-10412 India

CAMBODIA-10002 Cambodia

TIBET-10927Tibet

AFGHN-10235Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10005Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

INDIA-10221Porbandar, India

AFGHN-12648 West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556India

USA-10256Los Angeles, United States

 The door swings open:

O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confide yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
– Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-12467NF Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF Bamiyan, Afghanistan

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
- Emily Dickinson

INDIA-11038NFBombay/Mumbai, India

AFGHN-10156Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020 Dhaka, Bangladesh

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort – the opening terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing.
The opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
- A. Rooney
CAMBODIA-10145 Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055Macedonia

Brothers and Sisters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2011 by stevemccurry

The relationship between and among siblings has been the subject of literature for millennia.  From Old Testament stories of Cain and Abel to Shakespeare’s plays, modern novels, folktales, proverbs, and poems, the topic of  brothers and sisters has been a universal theme, relevant because most people on the planet have siblings.

 

 

TIBET-10100NF3Amdo, Tibet

Van Dyck, Ruebens, Hals, Van Gogh and hundreds of other artists have painted portraits of young siblings, but the subjects were mainly children of affluent families.  The siblings I photograph are often poor children in third world countries who have to stick together to survive poverty, wars, abuse, and deprivation.

CAMBODIA-10200Cambodia

 

 

 

 

UZBEKISTAN-10003Samarkand, Uzbekistan

 

 

MOROCCO-10056NFMorocco

 

 

USA-10283Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

INDONESIA-10002NF2Indonesia

 

 

 

INDIA-11210India

 

 

 

PHILIPPINES-10070Philippines

 

 

 

HONDURAS-10003Honduras

 

 

 

AFGHN-12081Afghanistan

 

 

 

INDIA-10727India

 

 

 

AFGHN-13010Kabul, Afghanistan

 

 

 

INDIA-10891NFMizoram, India

 

 

INDIA-11137Bombay, India

 

 

BHUTAN-10023Bhutan

  

AFGHN-13198Afghanistan

 

 

“Sibling relationships …  flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust.”  ~ Erica E. Goode, The Secret World of Siblings

 

 

My siblings

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.

INDIA-10624India

USA-10001North Carolina

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

THAILAND-10002Thailand

KUWAIT-10004NFKuwait

INDIA-11081India

“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

PHILIPPINES-10012NFBoringot, Manila, Philippines

PHILIPPINES-10032Manila, Philippines

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

USA-10162Los Angeles

USA-10112Los Angeles

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

USA-10025Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
INDIA-10205
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

Family Love: Oil, Cement, Music

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by stevemccurry

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” - Eva Burrows

YUGOSLAVIA-10076Macedonia

INDIA-10913Mizoram, India

TIBET-10719Kham, Tibet

“All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
- Leo Tolstoy

PERU-10005NFYanesha, Peru

PERU-10006Yanesha, Peru

“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves.” -Gail Lumet Buckley

PAKISTAN-10023Northern Pakistan

HONDURAS-10008NFLa Fortuna, Honduras

YUGOSLAVIA-10052 Croatia

THAILAND-10042Thailand

CAMBODIA-10317 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

AFGHN-12776 Bamiyan, Afghanistan

USA-10121NFLos Angeles, California

USA-10283Los Angeles, California

“There’s no vocabulary for love within a family, love that’s lived in but not looked at, love within the light of which all else is seen, the love within which all other love finds speech. This love is silent.” – T. S. Eliot

CAMBODIA-10359Cambodia

TIBET-10067NF4 Tibet

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

TIBET-10572

Kandze, Tibet, 2002

USA-10106

Los Angeles, California

SRILANKA-10087

Sri Lanka, 1995

 

KUWAIT-10043

Kuwait City, Kuwait, 1991

BURMA-10194

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, 2010

TIBET-10046NF

Tibet, 2001

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Afghanistan, 1992

AFGHN-12866

Afghanistan, 1984

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Kunduz, Afghanistan, 2002

 

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

– Jorge Luis Borges

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