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Sentinels and Sanctuaries

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by stevemccurry

CAMBODIA-10290Angkor Wat Temple Complex, Cambodia

Trees are Sentinels
Guarding, Nurturing, Protecting
Bastions of Dignity

Breathing life
Providing shelter
Asking for nothing
Sacrificing everything
– K. Earle

_SM11420, Chiang-Mai, Thailand, 2011, THAILAND-10087Chiang Mai, Thailand

INDIA-10710Darjeeling, India

Trees are sanctuaries.
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
– Hermann Hesse, Wandering

CAMBODIA-10032 (1)Caretaker at Ta Prohm temple, Angkor, Cambodia

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.
Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. 
- H. Hesse, ibid

FRANCE-10126Paris, France

If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees.  
- Hal Borland

ETHIOPIA-10048NFEthiopia

ITALY-10486, Camino, Italy, 2004. A woman hikes through a forest.Italy

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a
claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something,
that quality of air that emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-  Robert Louis Stevenson

KASHMIR-10055Kashmir

I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

CAMBODIA-10211Cambodia


ETHIOPIA-10143Ethiopia

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it, and
though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves,
traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day,
and through space heaven knows how
fast and far!
-  John Muir

MOROCCO-10072Morocco

THAILAND-10008NFAyutthaya, Thailand

AFRICA-10237The Sahel, Africa

Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing in time to come.
How do we know? They are singing here now.
There is no other guarantee that singing will ever be.
- Wendell Berry

00547_09. Monsoons, Nepal, 1983, 08/1983. A young boy works on a mountainside.Nepal

No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples…
- John Muir

ITALY-10020Italy

INDIA-10855Agra, India

KOREA-10010South Korea

Trees, proud standing people
stretching fingertips to the sky, reaching, praying
glorious attention, breathing light.
strength
shelter
timeless confidence
bending and firm
comforting …
-  Wallace Stevens  

THAILAND-10034Thailand


Current Gallery Exhibitions

Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California
Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Fifty One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp, Belgium

 Current Museum Exhibitions
 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany
Santa Maria della Scala Siena, Italy

To Fly

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2012 by stevemccurry

To read is to fly:
it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view
over  wide terrains of history,

human variety, ideas, shared experience and the
fruits of many inquiries.

- A. C. Grayling

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
– Anna Quindlen


Germany

India 

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
- Nora Ephron

India

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books.  

Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time,
transported to  another world.

Thailand

India

Reading a good book is a universal activity, and people read while they do
just about everything else, and that includes reading while playing the
piano, which my sister used to do.

Sri Lanka

At one magical instant in your early childhood,
the page of a book–that string of confused, alien ciphers–shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irrevocably, a reader.
- Alberto Manguel

Burma

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly,
into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
– Joyce Carol Oates

Lourdes, France

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;

they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the
most patient of teachers. 
- Charles William Eliot

Italy

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
- James Russell Lowell

India

We read to know we are not alone. 
- C.S. Lewis

Tibet

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

China

Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still,
retreat or fly into the future.
- Jim Bishop

Thailand


That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book,

and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will
lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive
- all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

India

Kashmir

Korea

We live for books.
-Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose 

Canada

Turkey

Afghanistan

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- Victor Hugo

Italy 

Yemen

I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the
most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.
- Wisława Szymborska
1996 Nobel Prize in Literature

India

Cuba

Japan

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
- Rene Descartes

Simple Act of Waiting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by stevemccurry

Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
-Khaled Hosseini,  A Thousand Splendid Suns 

Tibet

Often the act of waiting is anything but simple.
Many people hate to wait because they are waiting to do something,
get something, or go somewhere.

Tibet

Waiting doesn’t seem like an act, but the lack of action;  however,
the decision to be patient and willing to wait is an act of courage and perseverance.

Crowds at the Kumbh Mela await their turn to bathe in the Ganges.  Allahabad, India

A person who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
– George Savile

Waiting for medical care. Kabul, Afghanistan

A mother waits for news of her missing son.  Afghanistan

Refugees wait in line.  Thailand

Endurance is patience concentrated.
– Thomas Carlyle

Women queue in Yemen

 Patience is the companion of wisdom.
- St. Augustine

A ballerina waits backstage for her cue. Zagreb, Croatia

Shoppers wait for a bus. Dublin, Ireland

The faithful wait for healing. Lourdes, France 

Waiting in line for a church service. Los Angeles, USA 

Waiting for the train.  India

Waiting for a bus. Ahmedabad, India

Waiting for a look through the Berlin Wall.  Germany

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
- Virgil

Waiting to perform. Hong Kong, China

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
- French Proverb

Waiting for customers at Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Dog waits for door to open. Porbandar, India


The Patience of Ordinary Things
by Pat Schneider
… I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.

Cambodia

Outsiders

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by stevemccurry

Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan


While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal,
they all share a common thread of uncommon courage:
the courage not only to survive,
but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.
– Antonio Guterres

Afghan refugee, Pakistan

I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
- Aeschylus

Refugee camp, Thailand

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
― Carlos Fuentes

Kabul, Afghanistan

Italy

God dances with the outcast.
– Steven James

USA

The majority of Americans, who are comparatively well-off,
have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest
misery almost without noticing them.
– Gunnar Myrdal  

France

Gypsy Boy, Marseille, France

Gypsy Family, India

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Afghanistan

War’s toll is etched on the faces at a shelter for the mentally ill in Kabul.

Prison, Pul-e-Khumri

Afghanistan

Seek Love …
In the darkness of night and the winter’s snow,
In the naked and outcast, seek Love there!
– William Blake


USA

California, USA

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast.
Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that
without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.
– Quentin Crisp

USA

Thailand

 Being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
-  Mother Teresa

USA

 India 

Philippines

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 Burma

On members of the faithful:
They receive the wretched.  They take strangers into their houses. 
They comfort the sad.  They lend to the needy.  They clothe the naked.
They share their bread with the hungry.  They do not turn their face from the poor.
  This is the kind of brotherhood we teach.
Menno Simons (1496 – 1561) Founder of the Mennonites

Hazara man, Afghanistan

Hazaras have long been seen as outsiders in Afghan society,
routinely subject to discrimination, and set apart by both their features and their Shiite religion,
in a land where the majority practice the Sunni faith.

Hazara girl, Afghanistan

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

It Takes Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2012 by stevemccurry

 Here are some pictures of couples all over
the world who have a relationship that is
evident in their gestures of caring, their body
language, their eyes.

MAURITANIA-10013

Mauritania

If we are a metaphor of the universe,
the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

CUBA-10023

Havana, Cuba


BRAZIL-10013NF5

Brazil

A4487718, THAILAND-10041NF, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand


ITALY-10067

Venice, Italy

What is essential is invisible to the eye.
 - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

ITALY-10060

Rome, Italy

Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!
– Robert Browning

FRANCE-10056

France

 

USA-10394

New York City


AFGHN-13082NF

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Life has taught us that love does not
consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward
together in the same direction.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Wind, Sand, and Stars

TIBET-10119

Tagong, Tibet

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
– Robert Browning

YUGOSLAVIA-10057

Gostivar, Macedonia

 

INDIA-10313

Agra, India

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. 
- Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

UGANDA-10002

Uganda

To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone  deeply gives you courage.
– Lao-Tzu

YEMEN-10046

Sanaa, Yemen

 

IRELAND-10010

Dublin, Ireland

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10063

Belgrade, Serbia

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life.
That word is love.
– Sophocles

ITALY-10085

Rome, Italy

 

TURKEY-10022

Istanbul, Turkey

CAMBODIA-10085

Cambodia

 

ITALY-10268NF

Rome, Italy

The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
– Octavio Paz, Mexico, Nobel Laureate in Literature

All Creatures Great and Small

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2012 by stevemccurry
THAILAND-10033

Thailand

BURMA-10129

Burma/Myanmar

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all
-Cecil Frances, 1848

THAILAND-10034

Thailand

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant;
the only harmless great thing.
– John Donne
00131_04; Tibet; 2000; TIBET-10976

Tibet

 

INDIA-10762

India


INDIA-10674NF

India

 

BANGLADESH-10008

Bangladesh

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures;
none show more passionate tenderness to their
young when deprived of them; and, in short,
I am not ashamed to profess a deep
love for these quiet creatures.
-Thomas de Quincey

INDIA-10211

India

Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

INDIA-10580

Rajasthan, India

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
~Ronald Duncan, The Horse

PARAGUAY-10012NF

Paraguay

 

GERMANY-10007

Konigslutter, Germany

Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

- Anatole France

TIBET-10105

Tibet

 

AFGHN-10153

Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan

 A horse is worth more than riches.
- Spanish Proverb

YEMEN-10052NF

Yemen

Without a shepherd, sheep are not a flock.
-Russian Proverb

AFGHN-12787

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

All goats are mischievous thieves, gate-crashers,
and trespassers. Also they possess individual
character, intelligence, and capacity for affection
which can only be matched by the dog.
David Mackenzie, Farmer in the Western Isles

INDIA-11486

Tibet

 

INDIA-10327

West Bengal, India

 

YUGOSLAVIA-10029

Bosnia

 

INDIA-10624

India

THAILAND-10027NF

Thailand

 

BURMA-10213NF

Burma/Myanmar

As an inspiration to the author,
I do not think the cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
– Carl Van Vechten
HONDURAS-10029

Honduras


PERU-10012

Peru

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
- James Herriot

ITALY-10012

Italy

A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.
- Indian Proverb

BURMA-10190

Yangon, Burma/Myanmar

 

CAMBODIA-10096

Cambodia

 

INDIA-10827

India

 

INDIA-10412

India

 

RUSSIA-10004NF

Moscow, Russia

 

COLOMBIA-10008

Colombia

 

AFGHN-12385NF5

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

 

UZBEKISTAN-10005NF

Russia

 

BURMA-10105

Burma/Myanmar

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.
– Mahatma Gandhi

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http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/photography/video/2012/february/07/behind-the-scenes-with-steve-mccurry/


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