John Stanmeyer @johnstanmeyer

National Geographic Photographer | Filmmaker | Field Recordist | Writer | Storyteller - announcing 2019 workshop series soon. DM for details.

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When we stopped, all I could see were these two trees. One standing firm, the other still growing, never letting go, gently resting along the roadside somewhere in Bihar state. Lost in their simplicity, only later did I remember we had gotten out of the car for an evening cup of chai.
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#onassignment @natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #bihar #twotrees #bicycle #night #resting

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#NatGeo100Contest - Dear Friends, here is something amazing... @Natgeo hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. This is real stuff, so everyone publish your amazing work TODAY so it is felt, seen, and good luck!
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Caption: Momina, making me a most delicious cup of coffee in the Afar region of Ethiopia, her kind face gently covered in hurud or ird in Ahmeric, a mustard yellow powder that comes from the Ird tree, used to keep skin moisturized from the scorching Afar sun that heavily warms this area in the Horn of Africa.
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(For insight, this photograph I published here on Instagram had the most engagement with each of you in 2018. Use it as a means to inspire me, all of us, as you participate in this incredible opportunity @natgeo is offering in this one day only #NatGeo100Contest ...I’ve been to Tanzania and it’s, beautiful!)
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@natgeo @natgeocreative #ethiopia #afar #portrait #girl #coins #hurud #ird #yellow #fromthearchives #NatGeo100Contest

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Another place, in nature’s confessional, where a straw mat offers limitless space to dream, resting along the roadside before a scarp at a chai stand near Sasaram in Bihar, India. It’s these quiet moments where I stop, sip, meditating on where we’ve been, where we’re going, along the narrative of the @outofedenwalk for @natgeo. It has little whatsoever to do with the story, yet everything in meaning to why I am here.
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#onassignment @natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #bihar #rock #mountain #being

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Goddess of Knowledge, rear end of worker Two swans a-swimming, in swales of pink. Saraswati never seemed more beautiful on a morning walk in Varanasi, her blessing before leaving for Bihar.
#onassignment @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @outofedenwalk #india #varanasi #binaris #saraswati #pink #beauty

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I’ve met many amazing people, each one memorable. Few however were this charismatic as Baba Bharti. Last week we were living in the mega temporary city of the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj (Allahabad), India, beckoned into his tent shrine festooned in flowers, smoke and ash. Since the age of 8, Baba has been a Naga Sadhu, a holy man who lives a life in minimalism, his days spent mostly naked, covered in ash, smoking copious amounts of ganja, praying, pulling his genitals with a sword...why not, right?...offering blessings to followers behind surfer dude sunglasses. The 38 year-old baba gave us a kind blessing for the journey ahead on this present @natgeo assignment, the second half of the @outofedenwalk through north India. A kind offering for the fascinating complexities before us toward Myanmar.
@natgeo @natgeoimagecollection #prayagraj #allahabad #india #nagasadhu #yellow #flowers #offerings #fire #smoke #weed #kumbh meal #kumbhmela2019

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Less than 24 hours, till the magnificent chaos and beauty of India...
#returningtoindia for @natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #kolkata #cars #motorcycle #rickshaws #humanity #beauty

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Late afternoon break of chai and biscuits with farmers in the Punjab, passing a cup from Ram @kewalmauryatravels to me after harvesting rice near Amritsar. My next movement across north India for the @outofedenwalk continues from Allahabad to the Myanmar, but I will remember that kind afternoon with these fellows last November as a pleasant moment, in equally pleasant light, covered in rice.
#returningtoindia @natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #portrait #farmers #motorcycle #chai #chaibreak

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Another place we enjoyed chai, in another #somewhereicantremember part of India. What I do remember was behind me and this tree in wrapping...the temple, calmness, a kind one asking for a selfie, wires that lead to the chai makers roadside shop, the color of orange. These are the blessing of simplicity where the narrative stories we create need moments of meditation. Images that have nothing whatsoever to do with the @natgeo story. Lateral touchings we feel from the side to see what is before us.
#returningtoindia @natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #tree #wires #road #wrappedcloth

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The beautiful book, A Fortune-Teller Told me, by Tiziano Terzani, came to mind a few years ago when I saw this man at the Delhi railway station, reading his future dispensed from a mystical machine. No idea what my future is once returning to India next week. It is India. Limitless.
@natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #delhi #fortuneteller #fortunetellermachine #light #red #blue #night #delirailwaystation #returningtoindia

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Sometimes, nothing has to do with anything. Where this water met me in Kolkata during a moment of magic light, it wasn’t from the @OutofEdenWalk narrative. I walked this street years ago while on a previous @natgeo story, #bedlamintheblood. And while it connects to nothing of last November’s visit to India for the OoEW, it deeply does within for my return next week. That’s all.
@natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #kolkata #water #light #blue #yellow #pink #hindustanambassador #car #streetscene #returningtoindia

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What could it be that fascinates us, when everywhere is the everything, of everything. Why is he magically sitting before liquid red Hindi script upon yellow, so vivid through metal lattice? When finger touches his lip, the shininess of the chef’s pot, in its placement by time at a roadside restaurant in Konch. That pot cooked the finest paneer butter masala we ate. It just is, everywhere India.
#onassignment @natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #konch #restaurant #portrait #phone #hand #yellow #red #metal #returningtoindia

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