9 Striking Photographs That Prove Wonder Is All Around Us, Every Single Day
Some of our favorite photographers show us their version of awe and surprise.
The Friendly Dolphin
“I was in Marathon, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, and I was working with people at a dolphin research center. They knew a friendly dolphin who liked to swim right up to their boat. To get this shot, I leaned over the edge and held my camera six inches above the water. When I heard the word wonder, the first thing that came to my mind was the incredible beauty that is under the surface of the ocean.” Dan Winters, 2008
The Abstract Priest
“I was walking in Little Italy in New York City after 12 o’clock Mass on a summer Sunday. I saw a priest, and I wanted to take a recognizable image of him yet make it as abstract as possible. For me, wonder is when I see something that transcends its original intention, purpose, or appearance. That’s what happened here.” Ralph Gibson, 1975
The Space Shuttle on the Street
“In fall 2012, the space shuttle Endeavour was transported from the Los Angeles airport and through the streets to the science museum. Even though I was sick with the flu, I made myself ride my bike to go see it pass by. I parked but couldn’t get through the crowds, so I ducked into an alley. As I was running down it, I looked behind me and saw this. I used my iPhone to take the photo. Knowing this shuttle had been in space and was now in the L.A. streets made it crazy and wonderful to witness.” Alon Goldsmith, 2012
The Safety Diver
“This was off Grand Cayman Island at a free-diving contest, in which divers see how deep they can go using their breath. This safety diver tries to ensure that competitors surface safely. He can dive 160 feet on one breath. What the human body can do is absolutely amazing.” Logan Mock-Bunting, 2012
The Brazilian Boat Pilot
“The late Jose Martins Ribeiro Nunes was a boat pilot in Aracaju, Brazil. After he guided a ship through the harbor, he’d dive off and swim six to nine miles back to shore. He was 74 when I met him; he did this job for 40 years. He walked around town barefoot, and he drank water from only the river or the sea. He was a character from a different time.” Ed Kashi, 2002
Nature’s Washing Machine
“I took my wife to Arizona’s Antelope Canyon for our fifth anniversary. It’s like nature’s washing machine; water has carved stone into these beautiful shapes. There’s nothing predictable. Wonderment is not knowing what’s around the next bend.” Wesley Johnson, 2008
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Magical Robin Williams
Mary Ellen Mark
“Robin Williams was a magical wonder: a mix of brilliant talent and incredible energy. It was hard to keep up with him; ideas kept popping into his head. We worked for two hours, and he never stopped moving. I was exhausted, but I’m sure he could have done at least two more.” Mary Ellen Mark, 1998
Emma’s Magic Arms
“In Delaware, Emma Lavelle showed off her ‘magic arms’: 3-D-printed braces that supported her muscles, which were weakened by a rare disorder. She was an extraordinary kid who exuded a wonderful sense of life.” Glenn Glasser, 2012
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