Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
Heavy stuff, right? Getting to those “things,” those truths, can be quite a journey, no doubt. Which is why Modern Man In Search of Soul by artist MyronChristian Macauley struck such a chord with us. He calls the work—a collection of moments captured in photographs from his journeys through India, Burma, Kenya, Peru, Brazil and beyond— a stab at answering a very complex question: What is our role as human beings?
We call it a raw, revealing look at the world and people beyond our own world that ignites a firestorm of additional questions—What do we believe? What do we love? How can we take better care of our planet?—and so on.
“I went a bit extreme in traveling the world to express something simple that could be expressed just with characters from New York City, but I wanted it to be clear that this is a world perspective,” said Macauley. “When you can’t identify with that person but you can identify with the feeling, then the idea has transcended the subject.”
Macauley’s firsthand experiences through the process of putting the book together were at times beautiful (observing personal moments of prayer), at times frightening (being charged by an elephant, which squashed his equipment like a fly), and always thought provoking (the Masai tradition of harvesting blood from cattle).
What’s most delightful is his ability to capture it all (see it come together in our exclusive video at right) in a series of photographs, allowing the viewer to tangentially experience the little bursts of life that originate from somewhere so far away, but that hit so close to home. Standing in front of his lush images or flipping through his book, the reader can’t help but feel part of Macauley’s personal voyage.
“I humbly offer this book as a gift handed backwards through time and space” he wrote in the introduction to the 200 page masterpiece.
A gift, it most certainly is. Pass it on.
Myron Christian Macauley
from New York City, NY