Weathering the Elements

Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light.
Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.
Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Rajasthan, India

The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.
– Joan Didion


I think we are bound to, and by, nature.
We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world,
but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought,
we know our fate is tied to the world around us.

– Alice Hoffman


March 22, 2012, is World Water Day.
Reports say that drought, floods and a lack of fresh water may cause
significant global instability and conflict in the coming decades.


Varanasi, India

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth…
– John Updike

Kabul, Afghanistan

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
-Saint Basil

Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, India


Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, Marrakech, Morocco

Northern Territory, Australia

Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.

– Henry Ward Beecher

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Rajasthan, India



Machen, Tibet


New York, New York, USA

Logar Province, Afghanistan

 The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
– Joseph Wood Krutch


Young Girl in Snow, Kabul, Afghanistan


The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes,
their written language is too difficult for human minds, and
their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears.
– John Muir

68 Responses to “Weathering the Elements”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This entire site is BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful reflections … A world full of wonder!

  2. hanemdepisenler Says:

    amazing photos, congratulations…

  3. Anonymous Says:

    as always I respect you!!!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    as always I respect you!!!!

  5. You are really the best one my friend !

  6. Ricardo H.Molinelli Says:

    Fotos hermosas, otras de la Humanidad sufriente, otras de la vida diaria… en fin, un compendio de sabiduría fotográfica

  7. I went to see the exhibition in Rome yesterday..
    now I keep watching blog and videos where your pictures are..
    What can I say? .. probably just Thank You!! ..:-)

  8. Jean Templeton Says:


  9. The little girl in the snow, in Kabul, Afganistan. My favourite pic. I hope she is safe.

  10. wonderful pictures that inspire the imagination. almost felt like being there. thank you.

  11. Natalia, VE, Italy Says:

    I won’t be original saying it’s amazing. Looking forward to new photographs, many thanx . Best shot 4 me: Katmandu’s stormy cloud

  12. Steve, sen bir numarasın.(you are number one for me.)

  13. Anne Cabrie Says:

    Great work steve!, cheers anne

  14. As always, I am left speechless.
    I’m from Paraguay and to tell you honestly did not imagine the land so dry being famous for “tierra colorado” or red dirt. thanks for bringing me a Paraguay I did not know

  15. Shelagh Buckinghan Brown Says:

    Ted Mcdonnell a gr8 photographer and friend opened my eyes and heart to the insight and humanity, the universe has gifted you… lifts my spirit. I feel blessed to share yr gift. In the book The Stoner Eagles…….. Sea Eagles fly TRUE, you inspire me to LIVE TRUE, thank you.

  16. Hilton Ghosh , Uluberia, Howrah, W.B. India, Pin-711315 Says:

    Thanks a lot. As a photographer you are my idol from my childhood. I have learn a lot from you and it’s continue . . . . .

  17. Cynosure Says:

    Incredible…awesome… :O

  18. I am in awe of your talent. You are incredible!

  19. michelle maclachlan wallace Says:

    thanks you for sharing, your imagery is astounding as is the tenacity to venture so far from the comforts we all take for granted in the west.

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  21. Very very nice!

  22. Reblogged this on Strings of Life and commented:
    One of my favorite blogs.

  23. icittadiniprimaditutto Says:

    Reblogged this on i cittadini prima di tutto.

  24. Terri Hildebrandt Says:

    I close my eyes and I send my intention of deepest gratitude and honour for your gifts. You are sharing what it means to live a vital, meaningful life through your written words and your images. You transcend through your images, our illusions and bring us closer to understanding I Am That!

  25. Sonia Akhtar Says:

    You are raj sing arora

  26. Just amazing! (as always). If you ever felt inclined to add some information circumstances and equipment I’m sure it wouldn’t go amiss among all of us admiring amateurs. Thanks for another great post. Ken

  27. Reblogged this on Hannah Grace and commented:
    Steve McCurry is a world-class photographer, not to mention my inspiration. Check out these images in his post called “Weathering the Elements”.

  28. Thank you again. Your blog is so inspiring.

  29. Susan Vermazen Says:

    Just looking at your work brings back in a rush what an amazing photographer you are. Magnificent photos in harsh conditions.

    You get to places no other photographer has been. I am so proud to own your photo.

  30. Anonymous Says:

    I am proud to be an owner of your work

  31. Great mood , moment and story here Steve. Love that Mali shot

  32. As always, these photos are splendid! Please continue!

  33. jidhujose Says:

    great shots

  34. Steve.
    Wonderful, your skill and talents a photographer are a great addition to our world, please continue.

  35. Marco De Rossi Says:

    Silence … looking these photos I feel a very intense emotion. Awesome work.

  36. Riccardo Virga Says:

    steve you are the source of inspiration for my photographies, best

  37. Your photos are incredible. The quality and storytelling of each of these photographs is exceptional.

  38. That’s pure awesomeness! Keep it up!

  39. Not only are the photos haunting and beautiful, but the choice of accompanying thoughts are provoking. I love the way your mind works.

  40. Every single one of these pictures is extraordinary.

  41. Jan Hopgood Says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful images.

  42. Jan Hopgood Says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

  43. amazing, very amazing photos. Congratulations for your work!!

  44. Beautiful work and relevant, poetic and insightful quotations. Thank you for sharing.

  45. Reblogged this on Oxford School of Photography and commented:
    Each week we get another selection of the great Steve McCurry’s images collated into a specific subject area, we are so lucky

  46. these are just amazing photos. Brilliant work and without any doubt one of the most lucky photographers out there:)

  47. Dera Steve, Im not able to say what is the better photo. They are ali so beautifil! You are really a master!

  48. g. prasanth kumar Says:

    wow awsome pics sir

  49. your work touch my soul

  50. Stunning once again. Amazing work.

  51. Fantastic photographs… as forever. The first one is incredible!

    Thanks for share them with us!

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  53. Anonymous Says:

    Its always a pleasure to browse though your pictures. Lot to learn from them.

  54. Simply, fantastic images and great texts!! Thanks for sharing!!

  55. Your shots break the glass separating the photo of the screen.

  56. Another wondrous set telling stories of our brothers and sisters in humankind, we all need to remember the planet is at a delicate balance.

  57. another triumph, really enjoyed all the quotes as well

  58. so amazing sharp photos!

  59. I have yet to see any other photographer consistently produce images like Steve. They are absolutely superb and a real inspiration to me. Thanks.

  60. Reblogged this on Frz40's Blog and commented:
    Stupende, come sempre.

  61. Guido De Felice Says:

    As always a great thrill for the soul through the eyes……………

  62. Steve, are you a number one…

  63. as always your work inspires me…. your travels inspire me….. love love love your work:)

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