Emma ~ Short story about unconditional love, now playing on my Instagram Stories feed.
In these troubling times we need love, now, more than ever. Unconditional kindness, love, pure and giving. Like children, dogs do not know hate unless taught. We learn so much about love and kindness from the likes of Emma...
Emma is my son's dog, @richardstanmeyer. A 69 kg/130 lb Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff, she is a gentle giant of unmitigated love. Music on IG Stories is Emma's dad, Richard, on trumpet.
September 11-17, I will be teaching a storytelling workshop in Porto, Portugal. A unique opportunity to work closely with me how I create stories for National Geographic, expanding the importance of visual narratives at a time when we need more storytellers. Registration and details on the link in my Instagram bio or direct message me here @johnstanmeyer with any questions.
Leaping, a man performs a Mikvah (Mikveh), a Jewish bathing ritual to cleans impurities in the waters of an old rock quarry in Uman, Ukraine. The word "mikvah", as used in the Hebrew Bible, literally means a "collection" – generally, a collection of water. From the Sacred Water story for National Geographic, It has been awhile since publishing, nonstop for weeks, leaping in for the need we all have in telling stories. Hoping everyone has been well, John
Next month, September 11-17, I will be teaching a storytelling workshop in Porto, Portugal. A unique opportunity to work closely with me how I create stories for National Geographic, expanding the importance of visual narratives at a time when we need more storytellers. Registration and details on the link in my Instagram bio or direct message me here @johnstanmeyer with any questions.
Wandering the streets of Abidjan the other day, a kind man taking rest after grinding corn asked me to take his portrait. Obliging, I am often grateful by the stories such simple moments can tell, his small shop covered in cornmeal dust, layered in messages, shadowed details, the narrative of his life along a busy streets in the Koumassi area of Côte d'Ivoire's capital.
This September 11-17, I will be teaching an immersive storytelling workshop in Porto, Portugal. A unique opportunity to work closely on how I create stories for National Geographic, expanding the importance of visual narratives at a time when we need more storytellers. Registration and details on the link in my Instagram bio or direct message me here @johnstanmeyer with any questions.
Faith, as in life, comes in all shapes and sizes. This young fellow took scale seriously, totting a massive candle while praying in the sacred grotto of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. Thousands come each day to pray and collect the water which pours from the grotto where it is believed that in 1858 the Virgin Mary appeared to Marie-Bernarde (also known as Bernadette) while praying in this grotto.
Next month, August 2-6, I will be teaching a social media iPhone storytelling workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia. Details on the link in my Instagram bio or send me a direct message here on Instagram to @johnstanmeyer
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At times I become equally entranced. That night, lost within, entangled with Baryo as he faded behind a wafting curtain of incense, he traveled while chanting incantations into the deepest trance I'd witnessed. A shaman, Baryo communicates with the spirit that is believed to reside in Mount Bromo, a most mystical, beautifully spiritual volcano in all of Indonesia. Took some time for me to return, never moving the camera, so pulled from his murmur and sway. Upon his return into this world, Baryo asked whether I was alright. In kind reply, telling him I was, we touched hands, thanking each other through smiling eyes of silence.
Dear Friends, in three short weeks I will be in Tbilisi, Georgia, August 2-6, teaching a social media storytelling workshop, all connected to the ubiquitous power of creating and publishing stories with a smartphone. Do visit the link in my bio for details and to register. Or feel free to direct message me, @johnstanmeyer, or the organizer of this beautiful event, @ali_shirjian, curator of the Gazaar Art gallery. Look forward to working with many of you soon... All my best, John
In reverential prayer, offerings of food, love, remembrance. A few years have past when I was welcomed by these kind women in Bam, Iran, a moment of solemnity at the grave of relatives who died years earlier in the 2003 earthquake. After praying in silence under a pewter sky, they offered me tea, a warm smile, appreciation in sharing to others this simple act of unforgotten love.
August 2-6, I will be teaching a social media storytelling workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia. Details on the link in my Instagram bio or direct message me at @johnstanmeyer
In our journeys through life we meet many kind ones. This evening as a slideshow of recollections flashed, I saw 6 year-old Maria Mika, inside her family's gentle home in Engaloni, Tanzania. Maria's mother had dressed her that morning in Sunday's finest for church, layering her daughter under a ruby red vest of knitted sequins, a crowning of pale green, wrapped like a gracious vine, accenting subtleties of flowers spiraling upon a pleated skirt. The mother asked me to take her portrait. She didn't need to, I was already dumbstruck by Maria's charm.
This August 2-6, I will be teaching a social media storytelling workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia. Click on the link in my Instagram bio for details or direct message me here in Instagram. This workshop is the most accessible, affordable workshop I've yet to teach, thanks to the kind support and organization of the @gozaarartgallery for organizing this event. Due to limited space, sign up soon.
Next month I am teaching the most accessible, affordable, beautiful workshop I've ever taught August 2-6, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Cannot wait to return, taking everyone far into the narration of storytelling the beautiful camera that makes phone calls gives. Yes, you can use any smart phone (I use an iPhone). Our gathering together will be an intimate, immersive approach to visual storytelling through photography, video, and sound, communicating through the importance of Instagram Stories and Snapchat. This event couldn’t be possible without the support of @gozaarartgallery and @ali_shirjian who is organizing this wonderful workshop. Register soonest for this 5-day gathering in the historic city of Tbilisi at the link in my bio, and/or direct message Ali @ali_shirjian. Look forward to working with many of you here on Instagram next month in Tbilisi. All my best, John
Outtakes ~ She appeared briefly, flowing through the mystical tomb of Shopan-Ata, a spirit while on pilgrimage to Shopan-Ata, Kazakhstan.
Many photographs tumble upon the editing floor. Today was filled with such moments, including this gentle movement in a cave where we waited for hours until someone arrived to pray. The need of giving to the narrative far outweighing the giving to myself, where less becomes more. Tomorrow is the final presentation of part VI of the @outofedenwalk at @natgeo. I will be presenting a final show of 52 images from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan at National Geographic to the editor and chief of the magazine, Susan Goldberg. Also in attendance, much of the photo department, editorial, cartography, online and more. Do join me beginning in the morning for more Instagram Stories, the final at 1pm, Washington, D.C., time. Thank you kindly, John
Thank you kindly, to each of you, for watching today's Instagram Stories on day one of editing the @outofedenwalk for @natgeo magazine in Washington, DC. Join me tomorrow, Wednesday, here on my IG Stories feed for day 2 when senior editor, @patrickwitty, and I have to make more difficult decisions...including which of these two images from Uzbekistan will remain in Friday's final projection of part VI of this global journey, #newsilkroad. Once again, thank you so much for following. Till tomorrow here on IG Stories, All my best, John
She was kind and shy. I met Kum a few years ago draped by redness in her home of near silence in rural Cambodia. Returning to this photograph this evening, reminded of our time speaking gently, drinking tea. Today I could feel the warmth in that ruby red room, although the hue was different...pale green in the garden at the gallery drinking coffee this afternoon photographing a friend, Mary, in similar profile. Remembering Kum.
August 2-6 in Tbilisi ~ Dear Friends from Iran, also friends in Armenia, Russia, Georgia and Turkey...I have been asked to teach a workshop on visual storytelling through social media, how we create and publish narrative stories using Instagram Stories with photography, film and narration. Join me in Tbilisi, Georgia, August 2-6, for this 5-day gathering organized by the @gozaarartgallery in Tehran, all through the kind support of owner/curator @ali_shirjian. This event is open to Iranian photographers, helping them to tell their own stories. Ali is also offering this workshop to photographers from neighboring countries around Georgia...while I can say, "thank you", in Farsi, Russian, Armenian, Georgian and Turkish, this workshop will be expressed in English :)
Visit the link in my bio to register. Only 20 spaces available. All my best, John