To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. – Osho
There is something completely magical and mysterious about life under the ocean and to be able to spend your time capturing that life in photographs has to be an amazing adventure. David Doubilet says it is his challenge to “create a visual voice for the world’s oceans and to connect people to the incredible beauty and silent devastation happening within the invisible world below.” [via booooooom]
“You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery. You can show things that you like about the universe, things that you hate about the universe. It’s capable of doing both.” The first black photographer at Life magazine, Gordon Parks, came across both misery and joy in his career and both came across in his images. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, the International Center of Photography is hosting an outdoor exhibition, “Gordon Parks: 100 Years”. It will include over 50 images by Parks displayed via three video screens and will run through January 6, 2013. [via PDN]
Lukasz Piech is just one of the amazing photographers I found on the 500px Editors Choice blog. Everytime I go to that site I get inspired by something (or depressed, depending on the day and how insecure I feel). [via 500px]
Timothy O’Sullivan, an apprentice for Matthew Brady during the Civil War, was hired by the government to photograph the American West in the 1870s (the first images to be captured on film). The Atlantic posted 34 of these images, but this was, by far, my favorite. It is his darkroom wagon being pulled by four mules. I love seeing the footprints showing where he walked to set up the camera. [via The Atlantic]
And, finally, if you can spare 20 minutes (and, let’s be real, you’ll probably spend at least that looking at Facebook today) watch this commencement speech given by Neil Gaiman at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. You won’t regret it. [via Vimeo]
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