Steve McCurry and the Value of Patience

Steve McCurry photographed a procession of nuns on their daily walk around the city of Rangoon, Burma in 1994. The nuns hold rice bowls for the locals to offer them food with which they will return to the monastery. Speaking about the photograph, McCurry said, “pictures can offer themselves up to you – but only if you have patience. I asked these nuns if I could follow them on their daily walk around the city. I trailed them for several days until, with rain falling and a brightly coloured building as a fitting backdrop, I captured this graceful image.” Like much of the colonial architecture in Burma, the building in the background has since been demolished, making the photograph a memento of a lost culture in the country’s history.

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