Friday, September 14, 2012

The Importance of Photos - TED talk

Today I have something different to share. Have you heard of TED talks?  TED is a non profit initiative that is devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading."  It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from Technology, Entertainment and Design.  There are more than 900 talks available online.  You can read all about TED and the TED talks HERE on the TED site.

I watched this talk yesterday and I found it very interesting and moving.  Photographs are so important to us as a way to connect and remember.  This talk is by Becci Manson, a photo retoucher who volunteered to help with the cleanup in Japan after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  She ended up leading a volunteer effort to reunite people with their damaged photos and organized photo retouchers from around the world to clean and retouch the damaged photos.

After you press play, click in the lower right corner to make this video full screen.  You can also see the video on the TED site HERE. There is also a post about this TED talk on the TED blog with a few more photos and stories, you can see that HERE.

I'd love to hear your reactions to this talk.  Please leave a comment on this post to share your thoughts with me and other readers.

The photo at the top of this post is of my mother and my oldest sister.  Family photos are very precious.  With digital cameras and cell phone cameras so common now it is important to remember that not so very long ago, photos were mostly taken on special occasions.  I am slowly but surely working on scanning and editing our family photos to share with my siblings.  Photos connect us with our past in a way nothing else can.

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  1. Excellent post. I have watched TED seminars on videos, but you are right, this one really speaks to those of us who think of and work with our photos daily! Very insightful talk.

    Love the photo of your mom and sister!

  2. Thank you, I had never heard of TED before. I wish the news had more stories like this. There are so many talented people helping others and our world needs to hear more of their stories.

  3. What a wonderful message to share. It's one thing to work as a professional and it's entirely another to devote your freetime to a project that speaks to your heart and will effect the hearts of those whom you are helping. Thank goodness for the spirit of helpfulness and for the talent of those who willingly share with others. Thanks so much for sharing this message!

  4. Beautiful story! If more people in the world saw this and similar stories, I think humankind as a whole would be in much less of a mess today. It shows how very kind we all can be. Thanks for posting this.

  5. What a wonderful video, very touching and true. I love my photos and understand the love of the moments they show. Thanks for sharing


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