Coming of Age

 All of living is a process of coming of age, of reconciling
the essence of the inner self with one’s outer being,with the world,
and with
changing expectations for that self in the world.
– Kay E. Vandergrift


Rome, Italy

The teen and young adult years, when young people are perched precariously on the brink between childhood and
adult responsibilities, are, of course, when the coming of age process is most obvious.

– K.E.V.


Kabul, Afghanistan




Los Angeles, USA

The imagination of a boy is healthy,
and the mature imagination of a man is healthy;
but there is a space of life between,
in which the soul is in a ferment,
the character undecided, the way of life uncertain,
the ambition thick-sighted.

 –  John Keats

Havana, Cuba

So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying,
An intolerable waiting,
A longing for another place and time,
Another condition
– Theodore Roethke

Gubbio, Italy



You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
– Abraham Lincoln


Kabul, Afghanistan


Budapest, Hungary


The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent;
the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult;
the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
– Alden Nolan


Kabul, Afghanistan

IRELAND-10006; Dublin; Ireland; 05/1991

Dublin, Ireland

We don’t stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing.
– George Bernard Shaw




Flechtingen, Germany


Zabid, Yemen




You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself.
– Ethel Barrymore


La Fortuna, Honduras





Zagreb, Croatia

Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives, through adolescence, and
while they are trying to work out who they are as people,  never mind as a dancer.
So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
– Deborah Bull




Young man,

Young woman,
Life turns for you.
This is a magic time,
a mythic passage,
In your becoming
We who welcome you,
None of us is too old
So as to have forgotten
–the mystery of not
–the delight of first
–the impatience to hurry
what will come next
–the terrible wonderfulness
of the changes…
-Edward Searl

40 Responses to “Coming of Age”

  1. Hi Steve, hey l thought l knew your work, l remember seeing the one of the girl front of the punt, phillipines in the 1980/ish, good pics are never forgotten, my mind remembers stunning visuals. I particularly like the fisherman in Yemen, the one stepping out of the boat, city as backdrop. Great pics. Lynne

  2. How wonderful to have my words paired with a Steve McCurry photo. Thanks, Steve.

  3. Fantastic photographs as always, Steve.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    HI steve… its so awesome, ure picture and the word both of them wonderfull.😀

  5. Great portraits !!!! Steve,

  6. again, great photos! My personal fave of this bunch is the very first one, in Rome, of the young couple. The lighting, the grumpy statue ‘watching’ them, their love….it’s perfect!

  7. They are all so beautiful… Once again fascinated me. Thank you, with my love, nia

  8. I love the poem at the end. It goes seamlessly with the photo and the whole post. Bravo.

  9. Great collection of pictures.

    thank you for such a delight to eyes.

  10. Coming age is balance between body and mind.

    Thanks, master.

  11. The first of all, from Italy, its perfect. Great job Steve.

  12. Thanks Steve fantastic as always.Watch your photos there is always to learn

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  14. paola Tacconi Says:

    great words of wisness and wonderful “view” on life. Thank you Steve

  15. scintillating photos with thoughtful quotes

  16. Great portraits, Steve,… All without direct and strong sunlight. That’s the recipe ? Beautifull.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for this wonderful birthday present, Steve!:)

  18. love your work and now I so enjoy your insightful and thought provoking words thank you

  19. Anonymous Says:

    love your work and now I love your words of wisdom thank you for sharing

  20. GReat work.Steve…regards

  21. Once again a wonderful collection. I love the dissaproving look that the bust is giving to the young couple in the first photo.

  22. Good to see a lot of Italy in here😉

  23. Laurent Roch Says:

    I love this series, including photos taken in Italy. Steve, you’re subtly recreates the atmosphere of this country. A very nice ride again!

  24. Another great collection for you Steve ! All the pictures are just great. You’ve perfectly matched the pictures with words !

  25. Great compilation – Wonderful selection of photographs & apt Quotations complimenting them!

  26. good

  27. Another great inspiring set of photographs. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Great photos Steve.

  29. Beautiful photographs.

  30. beautiful images, never seem before. thanks for posting:)

  31. Hi Steve,

    wonderful words and images. One thing, I think image of 3 girls and a fisherman at the beach, looks very Indian, than from Lebanon. Just curious


  32. Beautiful images with memorable thoughts! Love your work!

  33. Out of the bud comes the intricate and exquisite blossom. Beautiful, Steve. Many thanks.

  34. I am learning so much from you. Thanks a lot for the images and the thoughts.

    Regards, Vivek

  35. Caro Sr Steve
    Todos temos consciência que iremos envelhecer,
    Mas não acreditamos que isso possa acontecer, levamos a vida como se fossemos viver eternamente jovens.
    A Arte de viver é a arte de saber envelhecer

  36. Your images are inspiring!

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