A Definite Highlight


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I am SO beyond behind with my photographs, and as we head into my very favorite season, I am still looking through/sorting/editing, photographs taken way back in the spring! 

Oh well, I guess the important thing is the fact that I am taking the photographs.

Anyway, it is very possible that for quite some time, you may be seeing things here that are completely out of character seasonally, and a lot will never get posted, as I am just trying to choose “highlights.”

This is definitely a highlight.  Last month, I had the privilege of attending an exhibition and talk, given by my very favorite photographer, Steve McCurry. 

If you are not familiar with his name, I am sure that you have seen his work, in particular, the iconic Afghan Girl image.

Truly there are not enough superlatives to describe the afternoon and evening.  It is one thing to see photographs in a book, it is quite another to see one image occupy an entire wall in an art gallery, and then to listen to Mr. McCurry discuss the stories behind the images. 

Photography was not allowed within the gallery, however, I was able to get many during the discussion.

Except for cropping, I did not edit any of them.  I wanted them to reflect exactly what I saw at the time.  Unfortunately, it means that quite a few photographs include the shoulder of the lady in the seat in front of me, but it was either that or sitting on the floor in the aisle.  Retrospectively, I should have opted for the aisle!  🙂

For the sake of not “photobombing,” (too much, anyway!) I set a limit at 6.  One (the first one, of course!), I chose.  Interestingly, this one was taken with my iPhone, and is my favorite one.  The remaining 5 were random selections.

Have a wonderful week!

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43 comments

  1. Amazing.
    Exciting.
    What an experience, Lisa.
    Well, the first photo is one of my all time favorites!
    Hope you are well, dear! xx

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  2. What a special event this would have been Lisa. I am familiar with some of Steve’s photos and his name but know little else – off to explore Steve’s work further. PS Aren’t iPhone’s brilliant for such a small camera!

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  3. I have seen some of his photos here and there and they are amazing!

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  4. How I would have loved to hear this talk. The pictures are amazing. The woman and the baby sleeping peacefully so close to danger is amazing as is the image of the man submerged in water and carrying a sewing machine. Most haunting of all are the eyes of the Afghan girl. Those are eyes that have seen many things!

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  5. What an amazing honor for you to get to hear him. It will be something you will never forget, I bet!

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  6. Your photographs of this special event are amazing…I image it was hard to take in all the beauty of his work. So glad you were able to go and see and hear him in person….Merry Christmas….

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  7. So exciting to be inspired by someone you admire so much and get to hear him talk about his work. “Afghan Girl” is such an iconic and beautiful image. I bet it was something to see in person. Hope your holidays are going well so far, Lisa.

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  8. I love his work! It must’ve been interesting to hear him live. 🙂

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  9. So very cool….I would love to hear him speak. Glad you went and shared your experience here. I’m laughing with you about editing photos and being behind. Today I was ruthless….deleted many and I won’t look back. Seriously. Spring flowers….the color was fun to see…just doesn’t excite me with the 8″ of new snow. Hmmmm….maybe I should have kept them. Looking forward to seeing them next spring. Glad you posted these photos…

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  10. Wow – I would have loved to attend that event – and you got some great photos! ( I completely missed any shoulders in the way) I’m always happy to see your photos, seasonal or not.

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  11. What a unique opportunity… The Afghan girl photography has been seen worldwide, Steve has captured an icon. Now, the girl is a lady struggling for her day to day life… Paradox!

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  12. What an amazing opportunity! Steve’s images are iconic and the stories behind them are incredible… To hear this from the man himself would have been wonderful. What a blessing!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Curry’s work is fabulous!

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  14. I got a little envious here. I bet it was a great experience. And yes, Steve McCurry is one of the great photographs of our time. I saw an exhibition with his work in Prague earlier this autumn, but unfortunately he was not there. I look forward to see more of your photos, whether they ar off season or not.

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  15. At some point there was some sort of controversy regarding those published photos. But I haven’t followed this topic in details, so can’t really comment on this.

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  16. Oh, what a very special day this was for you! There is something so inspiring, and uplifting to be in the presence of such talented people, isn’t there? Memories you’ll always have, and photos of the person sharing his works. I’m so deeply touched about the sewing machine and how Pfaff gave the tailor a brand new one!! That is just wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us!! And I’ll look forward to seeing more from your sessions. Have a wonderful day my friend!!

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  17. Lisa, what an amazing day that must have been! Especially to see those photographs blown up like that…wow! I once went to an exhibition of huge (6 feet or more) prints of Ansel Adams’ work and I was practically weeping from the impact of it. Hearing the stories behind these photos must have been a similar experience.

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  18. It must have been so wonderful to spend time in his company. I remember the eyes of that girl just mesmerizing me when I first saw her. His work is brilliant.
    Thank you for sharing a bit of your day with him.

    Next year I’ll be doing the same as you. Posting some of my better photos as I try to clean out files. Enjoy your weekend Lisa.

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  19. I can imagine how mind blowing it was to see his images in person but also to listen and watch him! I’ve heard him interviewed once on CBC radio but that wouldn’t compare to your experience. Thanks for sharing these highlights with us — a rare experience indeed.

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  20. Iconic photographs by a legendary photo-journalist. He displays a level of humility I much admire. Lucky you to spend time listening to him.

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  21. How exciting to attend a talk of someone you so admire. McCurry’s work is amazing! His stories must be too from all his travels.

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  22. i enjoy seeing what you saw, as you know, i don’t edit my images!! i don’t see any shoulders but with that said, i would have been happy to sit in the isle 😉

    i have seen his work and i have always been so moved by it. funny though, i rarely take images like this!! thanks for sharing this memory and your excitement with us!!!

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  23. what an interesting experience … and what wonderful photos …

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  24. Hi Lisa,
    what a wonderful event and amazing evening for you. Yes, I know the photo of the afghainian girl and read the story behind. Very interesting.
    Thank you for this look into this special evening.
    Have a great day, Lisa.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  25. Dear Lisa, I did not know about this photographer but now I do a bit. The photo’s making me a bit emotional. The look in the eyes, brrrrrr. I hope you don’t post highlights only. It’s always fantastic to see your great photo’s.
    Have a lovely day.

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  26. What an awesome experience that must have been in person. I can feel the power of the photographs here! I’m so glad you were able to go and thank you for sharing with us. Did he divulge any secrets of the trade?

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    • No, no real secrets, Barbara. 🙂
      He really just discussed the reason he took specific images. He repeatedly mentioned that some “connection” just happens, and he knows that he has to get the photograph. One in particular, was very interesting, in that he waited nearly a week to get just the right light. Surely a lot more patient than I am!! 🙂
      Thank you, my friend.
      xo.

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  27. How super cool for you to hear and see all of this, you images are just Wow. Happy Holidays to you sweet Lisa.

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  28. Oh I am sure this was an event not to be missed. How fortunate to be able to attend, witness his work, and hear his thoughts. Kudos to you for capturing the essence of the evening!!

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  29. Lisa – what an opportunty you had! I love his work. His portraits seem to project both feeling and character. I just love the sewing machine man. I wish I could have heard the stories behind these photos. Wishing you a blessed season.

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    • Thank you, Barb…
      The sewing machine man was taken in India during monsoon season. This man had lost everything in his tailoring shop and was determined to at least save his sewing machine. As he was wading through the water, someone yelled to him that there was a man with a camera (Steve McCurry), and so even in the midst of his troubles, he looked over and smiled for the camera. When Pfaff (the sewing machine manufacturer) saw the image, they sent him a brand new sewing machine.
      Wishing you a beautiful holiday season, my friend.

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  30. That would have been a great experience. I wish I were there. I’d have queued for an autographed book, and I hate being in a queue.

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  31. Ah, memories!
    These are great – and interesting your comment about the image captured on your phone. We’ve just had an afternoon at our photography club looking at images that people have taken using non-conventional cameras – i.e. phones, tablets, scanners – and it does make you wonder why we spend so much money on high-end DSLR cameras.
    And of course, the best camera is often the only one you have with you – and so often it is your phone! 🙂

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  32. What a lovely photo opportunity Lisa. Your images of the occasion are wonderful!

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  33. I don’t know, being behind, the each time there is so great Lisa. Beautiful images, especially the two, the mother and her baby in a hammock, fantastic.

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  34. Lisa, I am so glad that you had this wonderful chance to attend exhibition of Steve McCury. He is also one of my favorite photographers. I read a lot about him. His work is so fascinating and very unique. I learned recently that one of his hands was injured but he never gave up on photography and created his own technique to take pictures even with his injured hand.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful event, dear Lisa.

    Wish you a nice week!

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  35. Dearest Lisa,
    thanks most sincerely for introducing me to this so wonderful photographer I didn’t know before, his shots are true masterpieces !

    Hope your week is off to a good start, I’m sending blessings and ever much love on your days to come,
    with so much gratitude

    Xx Dany

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  36. Wonderful images and I did not even notice any shoulders. Crazy, huh? Thank you, ren

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