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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?

It’s that time again! Spring is finally here. Well…this weekend anyways. The World Wide Panorama Project “Diversity” has begun! This will run for the weekend. Diversity is the theme. I have begun planning out my shoot for this event. I will be posting my thoughts on this concept along with the work I produce and how I went about it.

Without a doubt this is one of the most inspiring displays of new technology I have seen in a long time! Just thinking about the possibilities is amazing. Thinking about what applications this might lead to that people have not even thought of yet is even more amazing.

Making sense of mass quantities of media quickly and adding value through intelligent meta-tagging is simply awesome! This will make anyone who has access to the connected world part of a greater collective history. Our children’s world will definitely be fascinating.

Here is a link to the SeaDragon development in case you would like to play with this more!

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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