Between Earth and Sky


Kandze, Tibet

Short is the little time which remains to thee of life.
Live as on a mountain.
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations




Lamayuru, India

Mountains are for winds,
That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
– William Shakespeare




Yamdrok Tso Lake, Tibet

Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountains yields.
– Christopher Marlowe, 1564 – 1593



A path is a prior interpretation of the
best way to traverse a landscape.
— Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking


Mt. Popa, Burma/Myanmar


NEPAL-10052; Nepal; Boeing; Backpacker; 2001. MCS2001007K009



My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of church going.
– Aldous Huxley




Road to Sarobi, Afghanistan


Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
–  Alice Walker


Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan



At Tawilah, Yemen

We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.
 – Lawrence Durrell 


Ladakh, India








A fine landscape is like a piece of music;
it must be taken at the right tempo.
– Paul Scott Mowrer


Agra, India


… All landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper.
‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’
To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention…
You can extract the essence of a place once you know how.
If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.
– Lawrence Durrell, Spirit of Place: Letters and Essays on Travel
Thank you to Leica for the Hall of Fame Award

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37 Responses to “Between Earth and Sky”

  1. meyerise…

    […]Between Earth and Sky « Steve McCurry's Blog[…]…

  2. Steve!
    Great pictures from Afghanistan, Takes me back to the time when I worked for the Russianacademy photodocumenting the campain.

  3. Your photography is amazing; poetically touches and philosophically hits. Thank you Steve McCurry, with my love, nia

  4. Madhu Sudan Says:

    Your images are like the….fragrances of Summer flowers…..they may fade….but they leave their enchanting memory……..forever!!!

  5. Absolutely stunning, spiritual and ethereal images.

  6. Steve, Thank you for showing us the world and inspiring us to go photograph it!

  7. Sheer pleasure! Thank you ! Thank you for adding the poetry of words to the poetry of your images.


  9. Amazing!!! Especially the “Lamayuru, India” photo. Your photos inspire me alot!

  10. Steve, congratulations for the Leica Wall of fame award! Definitely well deserved!

  11. Congratulations on Leica Hall of Fame Award. All the best.

  12. Patricia Mayor Says:

    They aren’t just photos: they’re miracles turned in images. Only a few can do that.

  13. Patricia Mayor Says:

    They aren’t just pictures: they’re miracles turned in images…

  14. Thank you for sharing these beautiful images and also for the words they are truly inspiring

  15. so so beautiful


    Soul stirring images. Wonderful

  17. Kaushal Kumar Singh Says:

    Thanks Steve to show the world from your perspective of imagination, words are not enough, you are rare. The moon rise in Slovenia is jaw dropping. Thanks

  18. “Are you watching yourself in me?” That is how I want to share nature with nature. That level of respect – that knowing that lies waiting – that willingness of nature to accept me and hold the mirror.

    Your work is superb, Steve.

  19. irudistock Says:

    Dear Steve,
    Your body of work is so infinite and wonderful, that dozens of good photographers could take hundred of years to gather.
    So many unique shots at the decisive moment in harsh and even dangerous environments that undoubtly places you as my favorite documentary photographer of the century. You’re amazing! Thanks!

  20. Marietta Yandoc Says:

    I have read Durrell’s Spirit of Place. Looking at your pictures made the spirit more palpable.

  21. Pete Ross Says:

    Beautiful Scapes. Stunning work as usual!

  22. Each of your posted collections then becomes my favorite. I am a devoted fan of your wonderful work. Thank you very much, Steve.

  23. Lucas Molinari Says:


  24. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful words. IN these images the landscape has taken the photographer, rather than the photographer taking the lanscape.

  25. Wonderful series!

  26. Caro Sr Steve
    Observando o ser humano incluido nestas fotos onde a natureza é o elemento principal, como sempre deveria ser, mais uma vez constatamos como somos pequenos diante do universo e ao mesmo tempo embora pequenos podemos causar males irreversiveis a nossa mãe, a terra
    lindas fotos, parecem poesias
    abraços do Brazil

  27. My favourite is Lamayuru, India. Breathtaking. You’re so lucky to be able to excel in a job you love AND see these sights first hand. I love your work.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    you compose your shots as a painter composes his pictures.
    Balanced, poetic, perfectly carved. A poem.

  29. fantastic. Amazing sense of scale in all the shots.

  30. very warm and peaceful. wish to travel all around the world to experience it with my own eyes..thanks for sharing…

  31. That’s outstanding! I found your pics occasionally and because of you I bought the digital camera. Now I follow you on Facebook and always surprise by your eyes! Thank you very much!

  32. Nice to see your landscape photos Steve but in your landscapes also you have used human element as scale ! That is really great ! Is the photo of Taj Mahal is unpublished ? This view is really excellent ! The reflection and the crow has created magic in this picture ! Excellent.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen so far…

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