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My job often allows me to meet and interview amazing people, from locals to celebrities, and I learn a lot from the interesting people we profile. On occasion, however, my job affords me the opportunity to interview someone I find truly off the charts inspiring and this month that opportunity came in the form of renowned photographer, Steve McCurry. Like many people, I was familiar with Steve’s famed photo, Afghan Girl, but I knew little of his work beyond that (or at least I didn’t think I did). As I set out to learn more about the photographer who would soon be exhibiting in Pensacola, I realized that I was familiar with more of his images than I had thought. And although I recognized a few of the photos from India, Peru, Sri Lanka and more, I hadn’t previously made the connection to Steve or Afghan Girl. As I researched, I’ll admit I became wholly enamored with his work—lush landscapes juxtaposed with stark realities, vivid colors and the many eyes and faces that tell stories most of us could not survive. Talking with Steve only increased my admiration for him and his work. While he is surely an artist in the deepest sense, his humanitarianism comes through just as strong—speaking as much about the people in his photos and their struggles as he does about technique and composition. Special thanks to Steve for taking the time to speak with me and for allowing us to use his powerful image on our cover. Thanks to his assistant Alisha for helping to facilitate the interview as well. And a big thanks to Vivian Spencer and the folks at Pensacola State College who do a great service to our community by bringing in artists like Steve. As you can tell, I am beyond excited about his upcoming exhibit, which runs August 18 through December 12 at Pensacola State College and his lecture at the Saenger Theatre on August 27. Mark your calendars and be sure to read my interview with Steve on page 38.

In addition to our cover story, this issue contains an in depth look at the lionfish crisis and some of the ways locals are combating the problem, including a delicious recipe for the invasive predator! Be sure to read Emily Lullo’s article on page 34.

Also this month, Thunder on the Gulf brings some of its powerboat racing events to downtown Pensacola. If you feel the need for speed, head on down to Plaza de Luna a little later this month for some fast fun on the bay. And, if you are a boating enthusiast, read Josh Newby’s article on CAB Yachts, a local boat building company making some of the most beautiful, hand-hewn wooden boats you’ve ever seen. These guys are true, high-quality craftsmen and you’re sure to love their work.

I’ve enjoyed putting this month’s issue together and I hope you enjoy the amazing photos, interview and articles as much as I do. Cheers!

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