Six billion of us walking the planet, six billion smaller worlds
on the bigger one.
Six billion stories, every one an epic, full of tragedy and triumph,
good and evil, despair and hope.
- Dean Koontz
People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being.
Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too.
It goes from one generation to another.
— Studs Terkel
Druze Elders, Lebanon
All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by.
Scientists who study the brain tell us that we are
hardwired for storytelling and
understanding the world through stories and metaphors.
Père Lachaise Cemetery, France
Shalimar Bagh, Kashmir
If history were taught in the form of stories,
it would never be forgotten
- Rudyard Kipling
…Without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization.
Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own.
—Laurens Van der Post
Poet Khalil Khoury, Iraq
People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs.
— Albert Bates Lord
Golden Temple, Amritsar, India
Near Al Hudaydah, Yemen
Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and
we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.
— William Carlos Williams
Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA
Jimmy Swaggart, Louisiana
La Fortuna, Honduras
The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
— Muriel Rukeyser
Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes Interview, Beverly Hills Hotel, USA
We are lonesome animals.
We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome.
One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say and to feel
‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’
You’re not as alone as you thought.
— John Steinbeck
I will tell you something about stories, (he said)
They aren’t just entertainment.
Don’t be fooled.
They are all we have, you see,
All we have to fight off
illness and death
- Leslie Marmon Silko
To be a person is to have a story to tell.
Story behind the picture
The woman in the picture has been a widow for seventy years.
Her husband died when she was 14 years old.
Living in a community of widows since that time, she has made a living as one commissioned to pray for others.
After I made her picture, she invited me to join her for tea.
She spends her days in prayer for people who give her a few rupees.
She lives joyfully, and shows no sign of sorrow, self-pity, or resentment.
E X H I B I T I O N S
CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 –October 15, 2011
PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
September 9 – December 14, 2011
LAURA RATHE FINE ART
September 17 – October 15, 2011
Museum of Contemporary Art
December 1, 2011 – April 29, 2012