For me, as a photographer, one of my biggest inspirations has been NatGeo photographer Steve McCurry @stevemccurryofficial . What an amazing photographer he is! Each of his photos have layers of stories stitched into them.
Yesterday he posted a photo of the Bamiyan Buddha statue of Afghanistan, a photo he had taken over 25 years ago. It was decades before I even imagined I would become a photographer. His photo reminded me of a photo I had taken. Two images of the Buddha of Bamiyan... a statue that survived for 1,500 years, a witness to history. Merchants, travelers, pilgrims and great Kings had stood in its shadows, seeking its blessings. Two photos that tell a story that is separated by 25 years, a story of the inevitability of impermanence. The Buddha stands no more, a victim of the what has become of our world. The photos also tell the story of life and values of people... from simple farmers and potato farmlands to Barca shirts and dusty football matches.