Archive for Margaret Atwood

Morning Glory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2016 by stevemccurry

There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them.
–  Jo Walton

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INDIA-10838Agra, India

DSC_1841, Myanmar/Burma, 2013, BURMA-10685. A woman reads a newspaper in her shop. Coffee_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 09/09/2015Burma

How sweet the morning air is!
See how that one little cloud floats like a
pink feather from some gigantic flamingo.
How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the
presence of the great elemental forces of nature.
– Arthur Conan Doyle

01353_07, Morocco; 03/1988. MOROCCO-10159NF. A view of a desert landscape in Morocco. retouched_Ekaterina Savtsova 12/11/2015Morocco

PAKISTAN-10032Breakfast tea being passed between cars on the railway in Pakistan

INDIA-10204Old Delhi Train Station, India 

What breaks in daybreak? Is it the night?
Is it the sun, cracked in two by the horizon
like an egg, spilling out light?

 – Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-10182Afghan man makes his early morning rounds

I’ll tell you how the sun rose,
A ribbon at a time.

The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
 The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
That must have been the sun …
– Emily Dickinson

AFGHN-12813nsBamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Dawn was breaking over the horizon, shell pink and faintly gold…
–  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

INDIA-10845Girl cooking morning meal, Uttarakhand, India

KASHMIR-10100It’s early morning and the men know that it is vital to jostle for the
best spot from which to sell their wares on Dal Lake, Kashmir

BURMA-10147NFProcession of monks walk for their morning alms in Rangoon, Burma

THAILAND-10062Groundskeepers in Chiang-Mai, Thailand

YEMEN-10003Sanaa, Yemen

BURMA-10213NFA cat basks in the warmth of the morning sun, Burma

TURKEY-10120Turkey

Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. 
Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.
–  Leonora Carrington

YEMEN-10119NF4Yemen

Young boy walks through barley fields near Kandze, Tibet, 2001, TIBET-1098NF MAX PRINT SIZE: 40X60 Young boy walks through fields near Kandze, Tibet, 2001. Pg 214, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs. I photographed this young boy as he walked through barley fields near Kandze, Tibet. Barley is an important crop because it can be grown in the cold temperatures of the Tibetan plateau. It is an important food staple and can be both roasted and ground into flour. IG: I photographed this young boy as he walked through barley fields near Kandze, Tibet. Barley is an important crop because it can be grown in the cold temperatures of the Tibetan plateau. It is an important food staple and can be both roasted and ground into flour. NN11434334, MCS2001002K10198NF final print_HERMITAGE final print_milan final print_MACRO final print_Birmingham final print_Zurich Untold_book Stern Portfolio_Book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 06/18/2013Tibet

00178_05; 00136_02; Kandahar; Qandahar; Afghanistan; 1998; AFGHN-10002. Teeth-maker. With no public health service, Afghani teeth-makers can often be found plying their trade on street corners or in makeshift shops like this one in Kandahar. In the combination of the raised platform, the sign hanging from above and the blackened 'backdrop', McCurry captures a scene of surreal theatricality. "An Afghan dentist crafts a set of dentures in the old quarter of Qandahar. Few Afghans will visit a dentist in their lifetime. I had walked past this shop many days, and happened to meet him as he arrived at his shop at five thirty in the morning on his bicycle."- George Eastman House. Magnum Photos, NYC14801, MCS1998016 K001 Phaidon, In the Shadow of Mountains, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, iconic photographs With no public health service in Afghanistan, teeth-makers can often be found plying their trade on street corners or in makeshift shops like this one in Kandahar. In the combination of the raised platform, the sign hanging from above the blackened 'backdrop' McCurry captures a scene of surreal theatricality. In the Shadow of Mountains_Book Iconic_Book final print_Birmingham retouched_Sonny Fabbri 6/3/2015Kandahar, Afghanistan

_2SM7567; Hamer Tribe, Omo Valey, Ethiopia; 07/2012; ETHIOPIA-10114, MCS2012006G10114, NYC134417. A young woman goes to collect water. retouched_Sonny Fabbri 5/16/2013Ethiopia

 

 

The Lives We Live

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by stevemccurry

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
– Flora Whittemore

AFGHN-12708

Maimana, Afghanistan

Since the beginning of time, doors have
symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.

INDIA-10870

Varanasi, India

Morocco-10024; 00541_07; Morocco; 03/1988

Morocco

The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage
from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.
Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion.

KASHMIR-10076

Kashmir

The Door
Too little has been said
Of the door,
its one face turned to the night’s
Downpour
and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

AFGHN-12927NF

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

For doors are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said of our
coming through and leaving by them.
– Charles Tomlinson

INDIA-10412

India

CAMBODIA-10002

Cambodia

TIBET-10927

Tibet

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
– Emily Dickinson

AFGHN-10235

Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10005

Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

AFGHN-12648

West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556

India

USA-10256

Los Angeles, United States

The door swings open:
O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confine yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
– Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-12467NF

Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

INDIA-11038NF

Bombay/Mumbai, India

AFGHN-10156

Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020

Dhaka, Bangladesh

CAMBODIA-10145

Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055

Macedonia

The Door

Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden, or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye, or the picture of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if nothing is there,
go and open the door.

At least there’ll be a draught.
– Miroslav Holub
translated from the Czech by Ian Milner

YEMEN-10094

Yemen

VIETNAM-10019

Vietnam

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and
comfort – the opening, terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing –
the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
– Andy Rooney

Open and Closed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by stevemccurry

VIETNAM-10019Vietnam

Since the beginning of time, doors have symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.  The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.  Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion. 

KASHMIR-10076Kashmir

The Door
Too little
has been said
Of the door, its one
Face turned to the night’s
Downpour and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

AFGHN-12927NF4 Bamiyan, Afghanistan 

For doors
Are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said
Of our coming through and leaving by them.
– Charles Tomlinson

INDIA-10412 India

CAMBODIA-10002 Cambodia

TIBET-10927Tibet

AFGHN-10235Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10005Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

INDIA-10221Porbandar, India

AFGHN-12648 West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556India

USA-10256Los Angeles, United States

 The door swings open:

O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confide yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
– Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-12467NF Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF Bamiyan, Afghanistan

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
– Emily Dickinson

INDIA-11038NFBombay/Mumbai, India

AFGHN-10156Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020 Dhaka, Bangladesh

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort – the opening terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing.
The opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
– A. Rooney
CAMBODIA-10145 Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055Macedonia

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