The Light of Faith

I have seen many manifestations of faith during my travels over the past three decades.
Some have been spontaneous, some have been part of a liturgy,
some have been prescribed rituals,
Some have been in magnificent buildings, others have been outside under a tree.
Many people’s faith is embedded in the way they live their lives.
– Steve McCurry

Lourdes, France

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.
– Corrie Ten Boom

Djenne, Mali

Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength;
and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
– Joseph Conrad

Lakeland, Florida, USA

Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.
– Rabindranath Tagore

Sri Lanka
Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

What is Faith?
When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you,
you are a believer.
– Prophet Muhammad

Afghanistan
Vrindavan, India

… All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge
And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard,
Above landscapes the color of ripe gold
Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.
– Czeslaw Milosz

Sicily, Italy
South Africa
Karnataka, India

Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on.
It is the force whereby we live.
– Leo Tolstoy

Tibet
Tanzania

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
– St. Thomas Aquinas

Amritsar, India
Brazil

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once
accepted in spite of your changing moods.
– C.S. Lewis

Sycamore, South Carolina, USA
Mumbai, India

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kandahar, Afghanistan
Hong Kong

If it can be verified, we don’t need faith…
Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason.
Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and
ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.
– Madeleine L’Engle

Paraguay

87 thoughts on “The Light of Faith

  1. Again, steve is on his magic spell, touching our interior raw immotions ,with his photo images, and yes he is succcesful this time as always, Namaskar.

  2. Absolutely stunning , thank you for sharing . Beautiful work .

    Best regards from NY Connie Fisher Jensen

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. I’ve followed your photography for years and bought all your books, the latest about Reading is marvelous. What lies behind what your captured is unfathomably meaningful. Thank you.

  4. Stopping at each photograph I feel a wave of tenderness for our humanity wash over me. Thank you so much.

    1. Pierre, thanks for sharing your thought. Questions I have are, who makes it a double edged sword? If we will respect each other’s faith truly then we will respect each other without making our own faith is the right or correct one!

  5. Steve I saw your show in Prague, I was totally excited,your Afghan girl has beena at home for several year’s it captived me at first glance !

  6. i love your photography sir… All the photography I like is the kind of photography I like. All your photos are awesome, always.
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  7. Reblogged this on Tales for Life and commented:
    I had to share this. It speaks to me in ways that few posts have. Extraordinary gifts from this photographer, with finely wrought words shared like lights in gloom, amid our struggles of living in this world. Read and look and be favored by a faith journey taken.

  8. This is my very favorite of your blog posts (which I have seen thus far). I admire and appreciate all these photographs, and the quotes you chose are finely attuned and from extraordinary thinkers and doers. I wish I might have this to put in my hands so I could read it at will, any time, any day or night. Like your own prayer journey yet we can be there, too. Thank you for putting it out here.

  9. …In fin dei conti la Religione è come le Tue Foto: Espressione del Bello, del Vero,, dell’Intimo, anche di quello che “NON SI DICE”; CIOè la tua anime!

  10. Beautiful images and thought provoking quotes. Thank you once again Stevebhai.
    “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

  11. Great Blog…absolutely love the quotes..!

    On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:06 AM, Steve McCurry’s Blog wrote:

    > Steve McCurry posted: “I have seen many manifestations of faith during my > travels over the past three decades. Some have been spontaneous, some have > been part of a liturgy, some have been prescribed rituals, Some have been > in magnificent buildings, others have been outside u” >

  12. Wonderful images and thought provoking quotes.
    Many thanks Steve, always loved your work but I especially like the body of work you have put together here. great idea!
    ~Jaffer Bhimji

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