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It is always a treat to visit Belgium. In addition to seeing family, yoga, and the lovely weather, I went to a Steve McCurry photography exhibition at the Exchange, the gorgeous old building that used to house the stock exchange in Brussels.

Steve McCurry is an American photographer and photojournalist who has been documenting the world in its rich complexity for more than 35 years.

The exhibition is called The World of Steve McCurry and featured more than 200 large-format photos. Even if you’ve never heard his name, you’ll recognise at least one of McCurry’s photos — the striking portrait of the Afghan girl that has become a cultural icon since it first appeared in National Geographic in 1984. SMC5

This portrait is a great example of what is so extraordinary about his work. McCurry steps into his subjects’ lives with a great deal of humility. He captures them as they are, going about daily life, or contemplating, or whatever the action may be.

There is so much beauty in the details of each photo, so much colour, light and texture. Some artists go looking for beauty. McCurry looks for life and captures the beauty that is already there. Visiting the exhibition put me in a meditative mindset. We really aren’t in control of our surroundings but if we’re willing to look at them closely, without judgement, we can encounter something precious.

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If you get a chance, go see it! Or treat yourself to one of his stunning books.

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