John Stanmeyer

@johnstanmeyer

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National Geographic Photographer | Filmmaker | Field Recordist | Writer | Storyteller
Have been sightly silent here while making things these many days. Wanting to be back with you this evening with more thoughts, tonight in redness… A lady I met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who didn’t have much to say... Vegetables under wrappings, one of many steaming above a fire to feed 3000 people in Foshan, China... Was trying to return to a simple hotel when meeting a kind rickshaw driver who already had a customer during rush hour in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I do hope each of you is well. More on various goodness being created in studio, ideas, and events becoming realities...
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 #triptychs  #red  #brazil  #mannequin  #china  #cooking  #bangladesh  #rickshaw @natgeo @viiphoto

Have been sightly silent here while making things these many days. Wanting to be back with you this evening with more thoughts, tonight in redness… A lady I met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who didn’t have much to say... Vegetables under wrappings, one of many steaming above a fire to feed 3000 people in Foshan, China... Was trying to return to a simple hotel when meeting a kind rickshaw driver who already had a customer during rush hour in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I do hope each of you is well. More on various goodness being created in studio, ideas, and events becoming realities... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #triptychs #red #brazil #mannequin #china #cooking #Bangladesh #rickshaw @natgeo @viiphoto

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In wonderful support of @rippleeffectimages, I hope you will all join tonight’s 1800 EST livestream. Here with the details and sharing this beautiful moment I had a few years ago in India with Thimmakka and her children…trees.
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October 11th is International Day of the Girl and @rippleeffectimages is hosting a spectacular livestream event with climate leaders from around the globe. They will also be announcing this year's winner of the Forces of Nature award! One talented young woman will earn financial support and mentorship of her community projects - tune in on Oct. 11 to see who wins!  #dayofthegirl  #rippleeffectimages  #climate

In wonderful support of @rippleeffectimages, I hope you will all join tonight’s 1800 EST livestream. Here with the details and sharing this beautiful moment I had a few years ago in India with Thimmakka and her children…trees. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (livestream link in my IG bio) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ October 11th is International Day of the Girl and @rippleeffectimages is hosting a spectacular livestream event with climate leaders from around the globe. They will also be announcing this year's winner of the Forces of Nature award! One talented young woman will earn financial support and mentorship of her community projects - tune in on Oct. 11 to see who wins! #DayOfTheGirl #rippleeffectimages #climate

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When editing this afternoon, I listened to Earth, Wind & Fire. This night it feels appropriate to share the incredibleness of nature: Millions of years, in Earth's time, created the landscape of Wadi Hafeer in southern Jordan…debris whirling from intense wind produced by a Dust Devil passing in Dikmetas. Thousands of Kurds were entering Turkey, fleeing ISIS's arrival to Kobani in neighboring Syria…and Gunung Merapi, erupting near Yogjakarta, Indonesia. One of these will
be in my new book…more about this over the next few months. For now, I hope you also appreciate the power of Earth, Wind, and Fire.
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 #triptychs  #jordan  #WadiHafeer  #earth  #turkey  #dikmetas  #wind  #DustsDevil  #Indonesia  #yogjakarta  #merapi  #fire @natgeo @viiphoto

When editing this afternoon, I listened to Earth, Wind & Fire. This night it feels appropriate to share the incredibleness of nature: Millions of years, in Earth's time, created the landscape of Wadi Hafeer in southern Jordan…debris whirling from intense wind produced by a Dust Devil passing in Dikmetas. Thousands of Kurds were entering Turkey, fleeing ISIS's arrival to Kobani in neighboring Syria…and Gunung Merapi, erupting near Yogjakarta, Indonesia. One of these will be in my new book…more about this over the next few months. For now, I hope you also appreciate the power of Earth, Wind, and Fire. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #triptychs #jordan #wadihafeer #earth #turkey #dikmetas #wind #DustsDevil #Indonesia #yogjakarta #merapi #fire @natgeo @viiphoto

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I read a book recently about joy...and pain. Much was on memory. How as humans, we carry memory of the past into the present. Whether evolutionary memory, genetic memory, or conscious memory, these three of five existing within each of us. These days editing a new book, I noticed how past moments carried in unconscious memory to the present. In these strange, beautiful memories were light...purple, pinks, and yellows at a bar where Muay Thai (boxing) was reflected upon a mirror in Pattaya, Thailand, from a story years ago for Time magazine. The same light upon Dilfuza Samatova as she danced in celebration of her son’s first birthday at the Samarkand Restaurant in Uzbekistan from a more recent story for National Geographic. All this liquid light has been carried in me to the present within this strange sweet home I live in Massachusetts. In conscious memory today, spilling upon art from Brazilian painter @lhamasp on a wall I always pass. A painting in karmic memory Amanda called, Caminhos e Escolhas...Paths and Choices.
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 #triptychs  #thailand  #MuayThai  #GreatBarrington  #painting  #uzbekistan  #dancing  #light  #purple  #pink  #yellow  #memory @time @viiphoto @natgeo

I read a book recently about joy...and pain. Much was on memory. How as humans, we carry memory of the past into the present. Whether evolutionary memory, genetic memory, or conscious memory, these three of five existing within each of us. These days editing a new book, I noticed how past moments carried in unconscious memory to the present. In these strange, beautiful memories were light...purple, pinks, and yellows at a bar where Muay Thai (boxing) was reflected upon a mirror in Pattaya, Thailand, from a story years ago for Time magazine. The same light upon Dilfuza Samatova as she danced in celebration of her son’s first birthday at the Samarkand Restaurant in Uzbekistan from a more recent story for National Geographic. All this liquid light has been carried in me to the present within this strange sweet home I live in Massachusetts. In conscious memory today, spilling upon art from Brazilian painter @lhamasp on a wall I always pass. A painting in karmic memory Amanda called, Caminhos e Escolhas...Paths and Choices. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #triptychs #thailand #MUAYTHAI #greatbarrington #Painting #uzbekistan #Dancing #light #purple #pink #yellow #memory @time @viiphoto @natgeo

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For too many days, I have been looking through notes, searching captions, asking friends to help me remember the names of two powerful young women I've met. I am often asked how I "remember everyone and each detail from moments" spent with many kind people? The answer, in more giving on a soon to return Ask Me Anything series…I make very detailed notes, audio recordings, and films of everyone and every place I've been. To learn their story, their presence, and their purpose in need to unite our humanity. Here are power-filled girls who forever are in memory…Maria Mika in Engaloni, Tanzania, proudly, firmly wearing her Sunday finest before going to church… a girl in Shanghai, China, having lunch with her nanny in the entranceway of their apartment… and Eduard's daughter, at her family home in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, her eyes have seen too much. My apologies to the kind ones in Martakert and Shanghai for misplacing my notes. I remember in completeness every moment, even the scent of the air when we spent time together. To each, our future leaders who I am so thankful to have met, tonight introducing you to them — Three young women of our remarkable human existence.
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 #triptychs  #tanzania  #SundayDress  #china  #eating  #NagornoKarabakh  #eyes  #portraits @natgeo @RippleEffectImages @viiphoto

For too many days, I have been looking through notes, searching captions, asking friends to help me remember the names of two powerful young women I've met. I am often asked how I "remember everyone and each detail from moments" spent with many kind people? The answer, in more giving on a soon to return Ask Me Anything series…I make very detailed notes, audio recordings, and films of everyone and every place I've been. To learn their story, their presence, and their purpose in need to unite our humanity. Here are power-filled girls who forever are in memory…Maria Mika in Engaloni, Tanzania, proudly, firmly wearing her Sunday finest before going to church… a girl in Shanghai, China, having lunch with her nanny in the entranceway of their apartment… and Eduard's daughter, at her family home in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, her eyes have seen too much. My apologies to the kind ones in Martakert and Shanghai for misplacing my notes. I remember in completeness every moment, even the scent of the air when we spent time together. To each, our future leaders who I am so thankful to have met, tonight introducing you to them — Three young women of our remarkable human existence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #triptychs #Tanzania #sundaydress #china #eating #NagornoKarabakh #eyes #portraits @natgeo @RippleEffectImages @viiphoto

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Enter any room. Be in it. Experiencing the space as if you are within it for the very first time. In that feeling, we have when entering a home or hotel you’ve never been to before. Likewise, though you may live there, experience your home or each space you enter, feeling, seeing it, as the very first moment. How, as a child, you were bursting in the excitement of all the simple, strange wonder…A broken umbrella, beautifully repurposed as a lamp within a hallway of a kind home in Gyumri, Armenia. Dusty garlands, photographs of a waterfall and strange futuristic fast train, someone’s birthday endlessly occurring in the Sheraton Restaurant in Kurigram, Bangladesh. An oversized bowl of uneaten pasta, forgotten for days upon an old worn table in a bedroom at my home, the abused walls still filled with holes a few months ago before eventually covering them with plaster. Everywhere is incredible. Even in places you have been in ten thousand times before...
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 #triptychs  #armenia  #umbrella  #lamp  #bangladesh  #dininghall  #garlands  #pictures  #massachusetts  #GreatBarrington  #berkshires  #pasta  #holes  #table @natgeo @viiphoto

Enter any room. Be in it. Experiencing the space as if you are within it for the very first time. In that feeling, we have when entering a home or hotel you’ve never been to before. Likewise, though you may live there, experience your home or each space you enter, feeling, seeing it, as the very first moment. How, as a child, you were bursting in the excitement of all the simple, strange wonder…A broken umbrella, beautifully repurposed as a lamp within a hallway of a kind home in Gyumri, Armenia. Dusty garlands, photographs of a waterfall and strange futuristic fast train, someone’s birthday endlessly occurring in the Sheraton Restaurant in Kurigram, Bangladesh. An oversized bowl of uneaten pasta, forgotten for days upon an old worn table in a bedroom at my home, the abused walls still filled with holes a few months ago before eventually covering them with plaster. Everywhere is incredible. Even in places you have been in ten thousand times before... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #triptychs #armenia #umbrella #lamp #Bangladesh #dininghall #garlands #pictures #massachusetts #greatbarrington #berkshires #pasta #holes #table @natgeo @viiphoto

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Sometimes it’s nice to have no reason. And the, I don’t know, which leads us to discover what we never knew could be. This is one of those many I don’t knows. And I enjoy these… a boy with his universe of lights balloon in Shanghai, China… A tree glowing red weeks after Christmas at a television studio in Yerevan, Armenia. A young girl exploring in an experimental program, inspiring children to expand their senses in São Paulo, Brazil. Two little ones, and a room, lost in imagination…
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 #triptychs  #china  #armenia  #brazil  #lights  #colors  #children  #tree @RippleEffectImages @viiphoto

Sometimes it’s nice to have no reason. And the, I don’t know, which leads us to discover what we never knew could be. This is one of those many I don’t knows. And I enjoy these… a boy with his universe of lights balloon in Shanghai, China… A tree glowing red weeks after Christmas at a television studio in Yerevan, Armenia. A young girl exploring in an experimental program, inspiring children to expand their senses in São Paulo, Brazil. Two little ones, and a room, lost in imagination… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #triptychs #china #armenia #brazil #lights #colors #children #tree @RippleEffectImages @viiphoto

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I enjoy feeling, when we see even more by not fully seeing…a passenger I met on the ferry leaving Majuli Island, Assam. A boy playing with his hand in Mari Mustafa, Punjab. And kind Rambula, who works on a farm in Haripura, Madhya Pradesh. Unable to return for a story I began just before Covid closed the country, I think of and miss India too often…

I enjoy feeling, when we see even more by not fully seeing…a passenger I met on the ferry leaving Majuli Island, Assam. A boy playing with his hand in Mari Mustafa, Punjab. And kind Rambula, who works on a farm in Haripura, Madhya Pradesh. Unable to return for a story I began just before Covid closed the country, I think of and miss India too often…

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I've been creating little skipping's of imagination for some time, bringing them to life in my reawakening into Instagram. During these days of silence, I have given to these quiet moments for thinking and doing. It is necessary to take a breath to understand more about ourselves, the work we create, and the ideas we have that need to become. Beautiful events will occur in these weeks and months, and I will share some of them here with you. And in these moments to arrive begins a series of imaginations of reality. Each connecting for no identifiable reason, they appreciate each other… my daughter with Simba in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the kindest first horse she learned to ride. I love creepy mannequins... this couple I met was stuck in the tiniest apartment. At least having a nice window overlooking the street, his partner was armless… these wrapped ones like saints, both appearing while walking in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. And as usual, everything in life connects. Home in the Berkshires is Great Barrington. Our sister city is Fada N' Gourma in Burkina Faso. Feels appropriate to begin our next journey together here…
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 #triptychs  #berkshires  #westernMA  #ouagadougou  #BurkinaFaso  #horse  #mannequins  #WrapedFigures @viiphoto

I've been creating little skipping's of imagination for some time, bringing them to life in my reawakening into Instagram. During these days of silence, I have given to these quiet moments for thinking and doing. It is necessary to take a breath to understand more about ourselves, the work we create, and the ideas we have that need to become. Beautiful events will occur in these weeks and months, and I will share some of them here with you. And in these moments to arrive begins a series of imaginations of reality. Each connecting for no identifiable reason, they appreciate each other… my daughter with Simba in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the kindest first horse she learned to ride. I love creepy mannequins... this couple I met was stuck in the tiniest apartment. At least having a nice window overlooking the street, his partner was armless… these wrapped ones like saints, both appearing while walking in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. And as usual, everything in life connects. Home in the Berkshires is Great Barrington. Our sister city is Fada N' Gourma in Burkina Faso. Feels appropriate to begin our next journey together here… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #triptychs #berkshires #westernma #ouagadougou #burkinafaso #horse #mannequins #WrapedFigures @viiphoto

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There are always moments of indescribable uniqueness in Armenia. One of many is house slippers. Slippers being worn by women and men, not in a house. On my first trip, now more than ten to Armenia, we kept meeting people in fields, on driveways, wearing pink, blue, orange house shoes. Each slipper originated from neighboring Turkey. Until recently, I forgot about these furry shoe wearers, the visual nonsense that I find fascinating. Each connecting to an individual personality: Pink with yellow bows worn by 12-year-old Harutyun Aghmtyan...brownish-yellow slippers cushioning the feet of 44-year-old Hamlet Khorikya, the head of Zarishat village...50-year-old Heriqnaz Saghatelyan, who wore a leopard print jacket with her pink house slippers...9-year-old Gevorg Aghmtyan, sported a mighty fine blue, in combination with an image of a happy dog chewing a bone, topped with pink socks...while 58-year-old Lia Avagyan, went more conservative when out walking in a field of rocks, wearing dark orange with gold outlined flowers. This complete unimportance and simpleness fills me with curiosity. Now this evening, I noticed something else…each had their own walking stick. A compliment to the bright fuzzy shoes we came upon in unexpected places. I forgot and will ask next time I am with the house slipper wearers of Armenia..."Where are you going in those comfortable shoes?"
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 #armenia  #houseslippers  #houseshoes  #shoes  #walkingstick  #random  #distractions  #remembering from the @NatGeo story  #ghostlands @VIIphoto  #FromTheArchives

There are always moments of indescribable uniqueness in Armenia. One of many is house slippers. Slippers being worn by women and men, not in a house. On my first trip, now more than ten to Armenia, we kept meeting people in fields, on driveways, wearing pink, blue, orange house shoes. Each slipper originated from neighboring Turkey. Until recently, I forgot about these furry shoe wearers, the visual nonsense that I find fascinating. Each connecting to an individual personality: Pink with yellow bows worn by 12-year-old Harutyun Aghmtyan...brownish-yellow slippers cushioning the feet of 44-year-old Hamlet Khorikya, the head of Zarishat village...50-year-old Heriqnaz Saghatelyan, who wore a leopard print jacket with her pink house slippers...9-year-old Gevorg Aghmtyan, sported a mighty fine blue, in combination with an image of a happy dog chewing a bone, topped with pink socks...while 58-year-old Lia Avagyan, went more conservative when out walking in a field of rocks, wearing dark orange with gold outlined flowers. This complete unimportance and simpleness fills me with curiosity. Now this evening, I noticed something else…each had their own walking stick. A compliment to the bright fuzzy shoes we came upon in unexpected places. I forgot and will ask next time I am with the house slipper wearers of Armenia..."Where are you going in those comfortable shoes?" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #armenia #houseslippers #houseshoes #shoes #walkingstick #random #distractions #remembering from the @NatGeo story #ghostlands @VIIphoto #fromthearchives

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Strange, we have a day that connects to what we do. How something we make every day is no different than breathing. So much to consider on World Photography Day…I could continue with Afghanistan, depressed by the US and partnering nations in their global abuse of humanity. Tonight, returning to Armenia in the ever-needing disconnect to the story…blue and palish-pink Lada’s, mud, blue gas meter, blue box, pink bag, listing ladder, and a distant blue garage. Random oddities.
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 #armenia  #cars  #lada  #mud  #pinkbag  #bluegasmeter  #bluecar  #pinkishcar  #bluegarage  #triptych  #random  #distractions  #remembering  #worldphotographyday  #shotoniphone from the @NatGeo story  #ghostlands @VIIphoto  #FromTheArchives

Strange, we have a day that connects to what we do. How something we make every day is no different than breathing. So much to consider on World Photography Day…I could continue with Afghanistan, depressed by the US and partnering nations in their global abuse of humanity. Tonight, returning to Armenia in the ever-needing disconnect to the story…blue and palish-pink Lada’s, mud, blue gas meter, blue box, pink bag, listing ladder, and a distant blue garage. Random oddities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #armenia #cars #lada #mud #pinkbag #bluegasmeter #bluecar #pinkishcar #bluegarage #triptych #random #distractions #remembering #WorldPhotographyDay #shotoniphone from the @NatGeo story #ghostlands @VIIphoto #fromthearchives

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These few days, I have been publishing moments of history for our collective reference. We cannot change what has occurred in Afghanistan, nor can anyone predict what the future will be, or one minute from now if you kindly took a moment to read these words. All that is possible is to understand the present, feeling with our awareness in making change, through doing. If you want to help Afghanistan post debacle created by the United States and many other countries, especially for the most vulnerable — women and girls — on the closing two slides are emails and links to offer support. Not only with words or prayers. Supporting by providing guidance to help female (and male) journalists get out of Afghanistan and support NGOs still in-country for the betterment of those left behind. Please join me in giving up a latte, dinner at a restaurant, or in not purchasing yet another pair of shoes by giving hope to others. Again, we cannot change the past. When I made a mistake, my mother always told me, “John, what’s done is done.” With this power of awareness, we reference history. That we no longer repeat our past mistakes.
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 #afghanistan @doctorswithoutborders @theiwmf @afghanaidhq @internationalmedicalcorps

These few days, I have been publishing moments of history for our collective reference. We cannot change what has occurred in Afghanistan, nor can anyone predict what the future will be, or one minute from now if you kindly took a moment to read these words. All that is possible is to understand the present, feeling with our awareness in making change, through doing. If you want to help Afghanistan post debacle created by the United States and many other countries, especially for the most vulnerable — women and girls — on the closing two slides are emails and links to offer support. Not only with words or prayers. Supporting by providing guidance to help female (and male) journalists get out of Afghanistan and support NGOs still in-country for the betterment of those left behind. Please join me in giving up a latte, dinner at a restaurant, or in not purchasing yet another pair of shoes by giving hope to others. Again, we cannot change the past. When I made a mistake, my mother always told me, “John, what’s done is done.” With this power of awareness, we reference history. That we no longer repeat our past mistakes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #afghanistan @doctorswithoutborders @theiwmf @afghanaidhq @internationalmedicalcorps

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