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Contrast and Clarity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2010 by stevemccurry

PERU-10027Yanesha, Peru

It has been said that we live by contrasts.  During my travels over the past three decades, I have been in palaces and paper shacks;  in extreme heat and in bitter cold.  I have seen  the sublime and the bizarre; violent death and new life.  Each contrasting thing heightens the effect of its opposite.


USA-10001North Carolina

“The yin and yang of stark contrasts create a notion of a fine balance.”  – Valerie Kent




“In the canvas of life, a flat landscape would be boring. It is the valleys and the mountains that help us to appreciate the flatlands. It is the dark that makes us appreciate the light, and the cold that makes us appreciate the warm.” – Anne Copeland

PHILIPPINES-10012NFBoringot, Manila, Philippines

PHILIPPINES-10032Manila, Philippines

“So many opposites: darkness and light,  peace and chaos, subtlety and directness, intensity and muteness.” – Matthew Higginbotham

USA-10162Los Angeles

USA-10112Los Angeles

“Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.” – Victor Hugo

USA-10025Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India
“Beauty, pleasure, and the good things of life are intensified, and perhaps only exist, by reason of contrast.”  – Walter J.  Phillips

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