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Language of Hands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 22, 2014 by stevemccurry

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate,
refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

AFGHN-10164NF7_blogMazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12947Bamiyan, Afghanistan

CUBA-10016Havana, Cuba

USA-10796NFAuthor Mary Brown Ward, Alabama, United States

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.

RUSSIA-10108NFRussia

USA-10169NF2United States

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
- Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook

UGANDA-10002NFUganda

KASHMIR-10020Kashmir

Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

MALI-10008 Mali

USA-10003United States

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

AFGHN-10089NFAfghanistan

VIETNAM-10042Vietnam

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
 have chosen rather to share our pain
 and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

INDIA-12141NF15India

Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
- Bruce Alan Humphrey

ITALY-10033Italy

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
- Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

_2SM4551, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2012, ETHIOPIA-10182. A nanny holds a child.Ethiopia

AFGHN-13149Afghanistan

00524_19; Cambodia, Angkor Wat, CAMBODIA-10092NF4 retouched_Sonny Fabbri Cambodia

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The Universal Language

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10841 (1) India

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
- William Arthur Ward

TIBET-10535Tibet

AFGHN-12243Afghanistan 

A smile is the universal welcome.
- Max Eastman

BURMA-10454Burma

AFGHN-12232Afghanistan

INDIA-10843India

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
- Washington Irving

INDIA-10004NF  An Indian tailor caught in the monsoon floodwaters in
Porbandar, India

Look back, and smile on perils past.
- Sir Walter Scott

AFGHN-10118NFAfghanistan

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  
- William Shakespeare, Othello

KASHMIR-10017 (1)Kashmir

00093_08. Mother and Daughter in Afghanistan, 2003, AFGHN-12678NFAfghanistan

CAMBODIA-10115NFCambodia

Every smile makes you a day younger.
- Chinese Proverb

BURMA-10024Burma

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night;
a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
– Henry Ward Beecher

China, 1984, final book_iconicChina

HONDURAS-10018NFHonduras

EUROPE-10072, Berlin, Germany, 1988, GERMANY-10059Celebration in Berlin, Germany

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

AFGHN-13293, Afghanistan, 1984. A man holds a baby.Afghanistan

VIETNAM-10010NFVietnam

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress,
and grows brave by reflection.
– Thomas Paine

_SM16823, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10289NFBurma

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but
sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

AFGHN-12369Afghanistan

Family and Friends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by stevemccurry
TIBET-11081

Tibet

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach,
because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you.

- Frederick Buechner

INDIA-10723

India

 

INDIA-10701

India

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
- William Shakespeare

YEMEN-10100

Yemen

 

AFGHN-12369

Afghanistan

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

VIETNAM-10031

Vietnam

Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome;
the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.
- Sarah J. Hale (1788- 1879)

BALUCHISTAN-10007

Baluchistan, Pakistan

 

ITALY-10399

Italy

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
-Mencius, Chinese philosopher, 4th cent. BCE

RUSSIA-10092

Karelia, Russia

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
- Spanish Proverb

PERU-10006

Peru

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home
that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating
virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.
-  Winston Churchill

HONDURAS-10006NF3

Honduras

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
- Mother Teresa

TIBET-10567

Tibet

 

00445_ 048

India

There is only one good-looking child in the world, and every mother has it.
- Chinese Proverb

AFGHN-13293

Afghanistan

The two things we can give our children are roots which firmly anchor them,
and wings which allow them to become independent.

YEMEN-10146

Yemen

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
 – Jane Austen

FRANCE-10126, France, 1989

Paris, France

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
- William Penn

FIJI-10019

Fiji

 

YEMEN-10169

Yemen

 

USA-10592

New York, United States

 

INDIA-10801

India

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Silent Language of Hands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by stevemccurry
AFGHN-12947

Afghanistan

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, 

refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne

AFGRL-10002

Sharbat Gula, Nasir Bagh Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan

 

VIETNAM-10042

Vietnam

Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

AFGHN-10089NF

Afghanistan

Among all species, our human hands are unique — not only in what they can accomplish,
but also in how they communicate. Human hands can paint the Sistine Chapel, pluck a guitar,
maneuver surgical instruments, chisel a David, forge steel, and write poetry.
They can grasp, scratch, poke, punch, feel, sense, evaluate, hold and mold the world around us.
- Joe Navarro

USA-10003

Florida, United States

 

USA-10169NF2

New York City, United States

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
 have chosen rather to share our pain
 and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

CUBA-10016

Cuba

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

CHINA-10040

Tibet

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
- Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook

MALI-10008

Mali

 

KASHMIR-10020

Kashmir

 

TIBET-10540

Tibet

Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
- Bruce Alan Humphrey

AFGHN-12728NF

Afghanistan

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
- Taisen Deshimaru

BURMA-10026

Burma

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
- Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

IRELAND-10001

Ireland

 

JAPAN-10036

Japan

Hold a true friend with both hands
- African Proverb

PARAGUAY-10030

Paraguay

To pray means to open your hands before God.
- Henri Nouwen

USA-10001

United States

 

AFGHN-13265NF

Kunar Province, Afghanistan

Kunar Province, Afghanistan

RUSSIA-10108NF

Russia

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.

00443_14; 00443_ 010; Uganda; Africa; 2001;

Uganda

…For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 5
-William Shakespeare

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A World of Prayer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by stevemccurry
Tibet

Tibet

 

Cambodia

Cambodia

On Prayer
… All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge
And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard,
Above landscapes the color of ripe gold
Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.
- Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Author

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

 

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when,
whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

United States

United States

 

Peshawar, Pakistan

Peshawar, Pakistan

 

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.
- G. E. Lessing, German writer and philosopher

Amritsar, India

Amritsar, India

 

Tibet

Tibet

 

United States

United States

Listening is the beginning of prayer.
- Mother Teresa

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

 

India

India

Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere,
there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage,
and you will understand that prayer is an education.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Kashmir

Kashmir

 

China

China

 

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

…there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation.
This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him…
there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray,
I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years,
forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity
only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful,
benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.
- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Kuchi Nomads Pray in Afghanistan

Kuchi Nomads Pray in Afghanistan

 

Japan

Japan

To be present is to be prayerful.
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Burma

Burma

 

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

 

Brazil

Brazil

Prayer is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.
- Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

India

India

Thousands of Muslims in Orange County, California,
came together to pray in Angels Stadium to observe Eid al-Adha,
a major Islamic
holiday celebrating the culmination of the annual pilgrimage, Hajj,
which brings
together millions of Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
- 10/27/2012

Where We Live

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by stevemccurry

 

 Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
– Charles Dickens

 YEMEN-10138Yemen

 Home is where the heart is.
Pliny The Elder,  A.D. 23-79

MALI-10056Mali 

KASHMIR-10096 Kashmir


PHILIPPINES-10006NFPhilippines

 The home should be the treasure chest of living.
– Le Corbusier

 MOROCCO-10024Morocco

MAURITANIA-10027Mauritania

 AFGHN-12805Afghanistan

  

It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.
– Rumi, (Jalal Al-Din Rumi, 1207 – 1273)

TIBET-10649 Tibet

TIBET-10908 Tibet

 TIBET-10534NFTibet

 One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.
– Margaret Mead

SOUTH_AFRICA-10029NF4 South Africa

SRILANKA-10101Sri Lanka

 PHILIPPINES-10059Philippines 

What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts
are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the
head and heart?
– Orison Swett Marden

PERU-10009Peru

HONDURAS-10006La Fortuna, Honduras

Bring love into your home for this is where our
love for each other must start.
– Mother Teresa

 NEPAL-10064Nepal 

PARAGUAY-10016 Paraguay 

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
–  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

AFGHN-12819Afghanistan

My home…It is my retreat and resting place from wars,
I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest
outside, as I do another corner in my soul.
– Michel Eyquem De Montaigne, 1533 – 1592

PHILIPPINES-10012NF Philippines 

Home is any four walls that enclose the right people. 
- Helen Rowland

 KASHMIR-10086Kashmir

PAKISTAN-10023 Pakistan

Every one of us needs a home. The world needs a home.
There are so many young people who are homeless.
They may have a building to live in, but they are homeless in their hearts.
That is why the most important practice
of our time is to give each person a home.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

IRELAND-10009 Ireland

ITALY-10292 Italy

 

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home…

- John Howard Payne

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