Between Darkness and Light

The shadow is that place between darkness and light.

00054_09, Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia, 1999, CAMBODIA-10049NF. Shadow Play. Untold_book retouched_Sonny Fabbri 09/08/2015
Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia

We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows,
the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates…
Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
–  Junichiro Tanizaki

Kampala, Uganda
Kampala, Uganda

The loveliest things in life are but shadows, and they come and go, and
change and fade away…”
– Charles Dickens

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
– T. S. Eliot

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan
Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

A shadow on the wall
boughs stirred by the noonday wind
that’s enough earth
and for the eye
enough celestial participation.
– Gottfried Benn
Translated from The German by Michael Hofmann

New York City, USA
New York City, USA

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.
– Sylvia Plath

Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan

The Sun never knew how wonderful it was
until it fell on the wall of a building.
– Louis Kahn, Architect
quoted in forward of In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki

Rijeka, Croatia
Rijeka, Croatia

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


Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form.
The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
– Leonardo da Vinci

Muscat, Oman
Muscat, Oman

By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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72 replies on “Between Darkness and Light”

I’m sure that I can’t add anything new to what has already been said, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least thank you for these beautiful images and lovely words. The sunrises and sunsets quote really struck me.

Thank you, Steve. Your work is the most honest, most heart-wrenching, most true. Your technique is invisible, allowing the viewer to really, really pay attention to the subject. Your art is exquisete. I look at your photographs and my heart smiles, darkens and then meditates about the beauty you show us, without apology and the sadness I am often too afraid to acknowledge.

Photo of Kandahar so takes on into what it is like to be there at this moment..Traveling photography at its finest.

As usual his posts are wonderful, beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

Yours is the ONLY photography blog I follow and for good reason; I never cease to be inspired by your work!

dans chacune de vos photos je découvre une histoire, parfois un livre c’est extraordinaire, la beauté est toujours présente, même dans les images les plus tristes. Elles deviendrons un jour le support de mes écrits, chaleureuses pensées, veronika

No matter what you photograph they are always amazing, you are so skillful and have a great vision for photo`s

Cada imagen es un poema, un mensaje, un instante maravilloso o una hermosa expresión. Mi más profunda felicitación por tu brillante obra. Saludos desde Barcelona. Jacinto.

Your photos and corresponding quotes communicate instantly to levels that stir feelings, emotions and leave impressions of pain and beauty. You know how to connect to souls using your eyes. What a gift. So glad you share.

Thank you so much. Waking up with your beautiful pictures is such a treat. It inspires me to look for more beauty in the world

This man´s portrait you took in Jalabad, Afgh. is just stunning and remind some old classical school paintings & lightning (of course with less details in shadows…& all proportions guarded)
Your picts are always a great pleasure for the eyes & memory, specially those of Afgh. for me.
Thanks a lot Steve!

The photo journey you take me on each time you post a series, takes me through many feelings. As a quilter, colours are my ultimate passion, but you take me through a story that at times brings me to tears, makes me smile, makes me sad, makes me happy, makes me worry, touches every emotion. Your work is truly exceptional. Thank you so much. Carolyn Griffin. Australia..

I met you in castelnuovo, Tuscany . I feel you are amazing. Thank you for sharing your sensitivity and soul trough an amazing technical capacity

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