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John Stanmeyer  Print Sale - 7 prints $100 each +shipping $15 N Am $30 Int. Email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com which print(s) you like. Ships Dec 15 Happy Holidays!

Final day to order signed prints in the 777 Holiday Sale. Here lending kind insight to one of the 7 photographs available - Signal.
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Signal and 6 others are available as signed prints on 8.5x11 archival paper. To order, visit my Instagram bio or email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com for PayPal details. Each print is $100 +shipping ($15 in N Amer, $30 for Int). To all, may your holiday season be filled with blessings, truth in kindness, peace and love, John
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What can my heart tell you that isn’t already known? That night began like many others, expecting nothing, thankful for what may be. It was my 2nd day in Djibouti on the 1st @outofedenwalk story for @natgeo. When evening came, my friend, Stanislas, wanted to take me back the Hotel Dar es Salam, a simple place in the wonder of the Arab quarters were locals stay. I was tired after weeks of travel, but I ask Stanislas if it would be fine to walk back to the Dar es Salam along the Red Sea. For more than an hour we chatted about life, kids, at times in silence. The moon had risen, enough light to dodge unpleasant debris washed ashore. A distance ahead, I saw a group of people standing, many holding glowing phones, some swirling them about. Confused, I ask Stanislas who they were, what were they doing. “They are Catching”, he said. People from Somalia, Somaliland and Ethiopia, those in migration, would purchase a sim in the blackmarket from Somalia. If they stood just right on this beach, and were lucky, they could catch the signal from Somalia, able to speak with their loved ones, to family, friends who had immigrated further. Stanislas had seen this before, no longer astonished by what took place…the only link we have in the unpleasant movement of humanity today across our planet. How technology allows us to be connected while being completely adrift through the unknown. I’m often asked what this photograph means. Signal is our universal history. These kind people under the full moon are you, me. Every one of us, standing at this shoreline. The Precipice. Beckoning us to ask who we are, where are we going on the only place we can live. Earth.
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Dear Friends, there is 1 day of the 777 Holiday Print Sale remaining, this morning sharing thoughts on one of the 7 photographs available - Sacred Ganges.
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Sacred Ganges and 6 others are available as signed prints, printed on 8.5x11 Moab Juniper Rag archival paper. To order, visit my Instagram bio or email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com for PayPal details. Each print is $100 +shipping ($15 in N America, $30 for international). Blessings to all for a kind, beautiful holiday season, John
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To be honest, never is there any set idea what I want to photograph for any assignment or project for @natgeo. Everything is a liquid thought, not containable for understanding until in the space, time and presence of what is before us. Such was the Ganga Dussehra ceremony in Haridwar, India. For the National Geographic story, Sacred Water, we knew the holy Ganges had to be included, the spiritual river for nearly a billion Hindus. Arriving to this sacred city in Uttarakhand state, I will be truthful - I had no clue what to do. One million people attend this holy event with an equal number of thoughts flowing, all just touching the surface. After two days of bureaucratic discussions with police for why I had hoped to gain access to a bridge overlooking the flowing Ganges, permission was granted. Before evening, @abhishekbaliphoto and I gently wove our way through the beauty of humanity, reaching the bridge, the only open space available in Haridwar. I stood there, still lost on what to do. It wasn’t until dusk when the magnificent beauty appeared, improbable to preconceive…countless offerings of lit candles, floating down this holiest of holy rivers. A trail of prayers to loved ones, to life. For happiness. To all of us.
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Beauty, in the snow shaker of New England and all it gives...this morning on the porch overlooking the Williams River in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, taking a break from editing photos from India.
@natgeo @shakerdam @natgeoimagecollection @viiphoto #weststockbridge #massachusetts #williamsriver #shakermill #snow #water #trees #birdcalls #beauty

Today is the 6th day of the 777 Holiday Print Sale with 2 more days remaining, where with a bit of sharing on one of the 7 photographs available - Acacia Tree.
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Acacia Tree and 6 others are available as signed prints, printed on 8.5x11 Moab Juniper Rag archival paper. To order, visit my Instagram bio or email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com for PayPal details. Each print is $100 +shipping ($15 in N America, $30 for international). Wonderful and peace-filled holiday to all, John
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It was hot, a long day in a most driest area of Djibouti. On this late afternoon from who knows where en route to Djibouti City, off to the right was a sprinkling of light blues, pinks and yellows. Something so beautiful didn’t seem right, and I asked my friend, Stanislas, to stop the car. To my astonishment, across a vast area were thousands of plastic bags, blown by the wind into the desert, lodged amongst the thorns of acacia trees. Never had I seen such an unpleasant sight, waste that will take centuries to decay. I could have made a book of this landscape, so many acacias, so much plastic. @NatGeo thankfully published this photograph across two pages, knowing it had to be seen.
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There is hope for change…in my gallery in West Stockbridge, MA, @shakerdam, a woman once came. She didn’t want coffee or anything. Only to use the bathroom and have a quick glass of water. When she saw this photograph the woman stopped, put her glass down and stood in silence for about a minute. She then turned to me and said “I would like this print. I want to hang it in my kitchen so each day my children can see what we’re doing to our planet”.
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Day 5 of the 777 Holiday Print Sale with 2 days remaining, wanting to share more thoughts on one of these 7 photographs available - Date Palms.
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Date Palms and 6 others are available as signed prints, printed on 8.5x11 Moab Juniper Rag archival paper. To order, visit my Instagram bio or email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com for PayPal details. Each print is $100 +shipping ($15 in N America, $30 for international).
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Wishing a peaceful and calm holiday season to all, John
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I was in Saudi Arabia photographing part II of the @outofedenwalk story for @natgeo. Driving hours through deserts, dune after dune, rarely anyone in sight, off to my left appeared a patch of trees. Date palms, bent and curling, serpents swimming against the tide of sand. It was nearing night, and I asked my friend and driver to stop, wondering why these palms were dying. He said the water table had been drained, the scarcity of rain in conflict with overuse of our most precious resource, a mark on our imbalanced ecosystem.
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Often I’m asked what is my favorite camera. There is no favorite. None is better than another. While in this wilting field, I saw what felt like the serpent I’d seen in dreams. Reaching into my shirt pocket, I used what is often my favorite camera, a landscape in 6x6 format, feeling how this moment should be seen through memory we think fades, but is always present. This photograph and others were one of the first iPhone photographs ever published in National Geographic magazine for the story, The Wells of Memory.
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Day 4 of the 777 Holiday Print Sale, here sharing thoughts below on one of the 7 photographs available, Night Commuters.
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Night Commuters and 6 others are available as signed 8.5x11 prints. To order, visit my Instagram bio or email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com for PayPal details. Each print is $100 +shipping ($15 in N America, $30 for international).
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Thank you so much, a Pleasant Holiday season to all, John
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Much of what I photograph is heavy. Topics we don’t enjoy considering. I was in northern Uganda working on my first story for @natgeo, When The World Forgets. It was my second visit to this beautiful country, each time carrying emotions I had to somehow distill from their complexities into meaning. At this time, just over 14 years ago, the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) was still waging a barbaric war in the north of Uganda and southern Sudan. More than 150,000 women, children and men lived in displacement camps in Gulu. Already refugees for years, at night, more than 10,000 children would walk from their families tents, seeking safety in NGO supported camps, one known as Noah’s Ark. If these children hadn’t sought safety from the night, the LRA would kidnap boys to become child soldiers, girls to be sex slaves. An entire generation grew up without sleeping with their families. This nightly commute signifies hope, through the kindest support of others where even in darkness, there is light.
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Day 3 of the 777 Holiday Print Sale. So many have order prints from around the globe. Again, thank you…
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I would like to share insight about Bromo, a photograph of mystical chance…I was working on the @natgeo story, Volcano Gods, and knew the most spiritual Mt Bromo had to be included in the visual narrative. For 3 days during a Kasada ceremony I photographed this earthliness from various angles, wanting to avoid the often photographed location called the overlook. Kasada’s occur on a complicated Javanese calendar system, when the moon is full and layers of spirituality are just right.
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On the final day in Bromo I gave into reluctance, went to the overlook and began photographing about 11pm. It was a cloudless night. Each exposure was 1hr, imagining a touch movement of the earth’s rotation without many swirling stars. By around 5am I had taken only 6 photographs. None felt right.
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As life and the universe would be, at about 5am the sun began a quiet glow. The moon, still full, had arced to the horizon. I knew, although not clearly, the exposure was no longer an hour, guessing it had to be shorter. Still alone, at peace, without much thinking, I pressed the camera remote, counting to around 120 secs.
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Back in studio I began editing, astonished by the gift Mt Bromo and its spiritual cousin, Mt Semeru, had given...one frame.
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When Bromo was published in NatGeo, I received emails from readers asking how I photographed this ubiquitous landscape differently, sending their own images of these volcanoes. It was very sweet and I would respond in kind…”Thank you for sharing but please, try not replicating what has been done. Approach in a way we’ve never seen before. Remember, in all the history that was, in all the history to come, moments never repeat. That is the beauty of time, the earth, our insignificant human existence”. Happy Holidays and wonderment to all, John
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Bromo and 6 others are available as signed 8.5x11 prints. To order, visit my Instagram bio or email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com for PayPal details. Each print is $100 +shipping ($15 in N America, $30 for int).
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It’s day 2 of the Holiday Print Sale. Your response has been so kind, and I thank you.
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Here with insight about Exodus, a moment I cannot let go from...I was at the Syria/Turkey border when the largest mass migration since the fall of the Ottoman Empire occurred - over 125,000 people crossing into Turkey, seeking refuge from ISIS who were taking over Kobani. In the distance was a dust devil or sand tornado. I had seen these amazing acts of nature in many parts of the world, often imaging...what would it be like being within the whirling? As hundreds of displaced refugees flowed across the border, this marvel kept coming closer. I kept watch and thought, “It’s coming near. Oh my, closer...closer...it’s coming directly towards us...”. There wasn’t anywhere to go on this open field of land. I held the camera to my eye, keeping it barely open as a roar hurled debris upon all of us. Within a second the devil had passed. Complete silence.
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This photograph, Exodus, published in @natgeo, and six others are available as signed prints on 8.5x11 archival paper. To order, visit my Instagram bio for details or email stanmeyergallery@gmail.com for PayPal details. Each print is just $100 plus shipping ($15 in North America, $30 for international). This Holiday offering ends December 14, sharing history, humanity and wonder about the world we live in. Thank you so much, John
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7.7.7 Holiday Print Sale - It’s December 7, and for the next 7 days, I want to offer you one of 7 prints for the Holidays. All photographs are personally printed in studio on archival 8.5x11 inch Moab Juniper Baryta Rag paper and signed. Each print is $100 plus +$15 for shipping in North America, $30 for international. This lovely sale begins today and ends December 14 with orders shipping December 15, arriving to you just in time for the Holidays. Visit my Instagram bio and email me from the link (stanmeyergallery@gmail.com) which print or prints you would like. We’ll send you a PayPal invoice, then email a tracking number when we ship on the 15th. So pleased to be offering this wonderfulness to each of you, and happiest of Holiday’s to all!
In Peace and Love, John
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1- Signal
2- Sacred Ganges
3- Exodus
4- Bromo
5- Night Commuters
6- Date Palms
7- Acacia Tree
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I don’t remember where we were, which is usually when things happen, doesn’t it. That moment when you open a door, walk in and magic occurs. While likely driving from Allahabad to Seondha, last week in India.
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In random placement, a natural order we don’t choose, likable for its gentle red intent of being there.
Gurneel Kaur’s home. She had a mastectomy and survived breast cancer. This is her backyard where I stood waiting to meet her a few weeks ago in Mari Mustafa, Punjab, India.
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To understand, I should become this man in the fog. India does that. I feel this way, hazy after leaving Delhi this morning. India awakens, tears you apart. It lifts, then tossing all known convictions away. India is impossible to understand, and I don’t believe it should or even can. If we did, we’d loose all pieces of ourselves. The organized chaos that is within each one of us.
On an unfinished bridged for the coming Mela, in the thickest of morning fog along the Yamuna River, Prayagraj (Allahabad), India.
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