Friday, September 5, 2008

How Photography Connects Us With The World

The above is a video that will take you to David Griffin's lecture at TED, an annual convention which brings together "the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes."

David Griffin is the Senior Editor of Photography, Illustrations at National Geographic Magazine. His lecture highlights the best photo journalism that tells a story about wildlife and human interests over the world. His point is that we can make stories out of these fantastic photos to understand, in depth, what is happening in the world around us.

The video is about 14 minutes long but it is well worth it! Some of the photos are absolutely unbelievable and the stories that they tell are often heartbreaking...but some end up hopeful!

After all, how can we feel that there is anything to save, if we haven't seen it? Thanks to dedicated photographers, we can see the world, and respond to its calls to help in the healing process, from over fished oceans to wildlife poachers, and recognize that there are so many things that we can be working towards preserving for generations to come.