I came across a video of the amazing and thoughtful work of Louie Schwartzberg speaking at a TEDx conference in Long Beach.
He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.
The way he describes how people react to the images he captures touched me deeply and it renewed a sense of thoughtfulness and thankfulness right to my core.
It reminded me that you and I have a gift. We have the ability to see the beauty and change that exists around us and the desire to capture and share it in ways people have never experienced before.
For this I am most thankful.
Take a listen to his short speech and take a look at the trailer for his short film on Gratitude and Happiness
“Beauty and seduction are nature’s tools for survival because we protect what we fall in love with. It opens our hearts and makes us feel we are part of nature and we’re not separate from it.”
“You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day, it’s the one day that is been given to you, today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.
If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response through the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life, and your last day, then you will have spent this day very well.”