National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 125 Years’ is one colossally stunning view
A mother with a toddler boy on her hip appeared at his window, a rose-colored sari wrapped around her chest, lightly draped over her head. The child — black hair, checked shirt — peered into the rain-dappled window, the eyes brown, wide, intense. The woman held up her left hand, thumb slightly across the lines in her palm, a mute gesture that sought the kindness of strangers.
“The whole thing lasted maybe three seconds, and I’m not even sure they could see me,” says the New-York-based McCurry. “It’s one of these serendipitous, unplanned accidents of life. . . . Sometimes these are the greatest pictures, and you need to be prepared and ready.”