Louis Schwartzberg – Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Louie Schwartzberg is a cinematographer, director and producer who ‘captures breathtaking images that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty‘.

His TedX talk was recently highlighted on the homepage of the main TED site and has, as a result, Louie Schwartzberg’s video has racked up over 3 and a half million views, making it one of the most popular on the subject.

Using time-lapse photography, which is accompanied by ‘powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast’, Schwartzberg’s video is a reminder for us all to take the time to be grateful in our everyday lives.

Schwartzberg describes his early life as a photographer; one who took to the rural life in Northern California, as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the big city.

I didn’t have much money, but I had time and a sense of wonder,” he says, “I’ve been shooting time-lapse flowers continuously, non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for over 30 years, and to see them move is a dance I’ll never get tired of.”

They hypnotic rhythms and enchanting results which are created from Schwartzberg’s work are nothing short of astonishing. This astonishment is something that the photographer has not let go unnoticed:

When people see my images, a lot of times they’ll say, “Oh my God.” Have you ever wondered what that meant? The “oh” means it caught your attention, makes you present, makes you mindful. The “my” means it connects with something deep inside your soul. It creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard. And “God”? God is that personal journey we all want to be on, to be inspired, to feel like we’re connected to a universe that celebrates life.”

Among many pearls of wisdom contained within this piece, this one stands out:

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch and there is electric light. You turn a faucet and there is warm water and cold water, and drinkable water. It’s a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.”

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