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I wanted to share a very inspiring video I saw today. It made me think differently about the context of images. Do we as photographers provide a single story in our work? We often have our own style as photographers, but are we also getting locked in by our preconceptions and the story that we know? Check out this awesome video that was on TED. Writer Chimamanda Adichie gives a fascinating speech about the danger of a single story. I now think about photography a bit differently. Are we furthering a story of a people in our work? Do we really examine our subjects and show their stories…or are we just showing our own story of them.

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Everything you see, hear, touch, taste, smell, or sense in any way is an aspect of Divinity. It is when you judge it to be something else that it shows up as something else in your life.

Therefore, judge not, and neither condemn.

For that which you judge, judges you; and that which you condemn will condemn you. Yet that which you see for what it really is will see you for what you really are. And therein will be found your peace.
–Neale Donald Walsch

I am fascinated by that statement. I find myself thinking about it so many times in various encounters and situations. I come back to the question…Who do I really want to be? And with that…Who do you really want to be?

Giving

Give love, give time, give silence, give sound, give patience, give understanding, give hope, give passion, give inspiration, give all, and be all.

The thought of “giving” is interesting. In order to give, we must have. So by giving, we are making a statement of having. Which in turn makes a statement that we have received. The inverse can hold here as well. By wanting to receive we make a statement of not having, which makes a statement of not receiving. That seems to place you in an endless cycle of want/not receiving. So why not always give? In order to continue giving, you continually have, so you will continually receive. The ways in this happens may not always be apparent to the naked eye, or to are minds at first. Experience it, be aware, and open yourself to the amazing power that surrounds us. What a mindset. Giving. By giving, you will eternally be supplied, and filled anew. There is no want in giving. Give love, give time, give silence, give sound, give patience, give understanding, give hope, give passion, give inspiration, give all, and be all.

Love All, Love Always.

Love unconditionally. Love with no expectations. Love with nothing required in return. Love the worst moments, and the best. Love those who love you, and those who hate you. Love yourself more than any…but love all others with that same passion. Love opens all doors and breaks down all borders. The greatest gift is the freedom to love and to choose your every moment. Love others, they are in the same process of choice and creation as you. How different a world should everyone wake up and love the process and everyone’s choice for what it really is. Divine.

You do not need to find love. You already are love.

James Nachtwey : Extremely Drug Resistant TB

James Nachtwey recently unveiled his TED Prize project. His work focused on Extremely Drug Resistant Tuberculosis around the world. There is nothing I can say that will convey the message any better. Just take a few minutes and check out this video. (A particularly thought-provoking photo is on the “Photographs Page” of his website. Click to go to the second page of images, and look at the third one down on the first column. Its image #37 of 69.)

Be thankful everyday. Our Western issues seem relatively trivial in comparison.

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