The common saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if the same subject and setting were given to 6 different photographers? Would each image still carry that much value?
Thanks to a powerful social experiment put together by Canon Australia, that theory has been tested. In hopes of inspiring photographers to get behind the lens and capture what they are passionate about, Canon invited 6 photographers from different walks of life to complete a photoshoot of one man.
All photographers were given the same setting to shoot their images in, as well as the same subject, wearing the exact same clothing. The one difference: each photographer was given a different backstory for the man they were to photograph.
Despite nearly every element of the shoot being identical, the difference in the end results is staggering, leaving us all with something to think about when it comes to the impact perception has on our understanding and representation of the world. Check it out:
Tapping Into Our Creative Potential
While photography may not be of interest to everyone (myself included), we all have a creative element to ourselves that is equally as important to explore as our more emphasized logical side. Whether it be art, drama, dance, music, photography, writing, or anything else of that nature, we all need to take the time to play with the talents and interests that we have.
I personally believe that the biggest obstacles to us doing this regularly are poor time management and lack of self confidence. Too often we dismiss our abilities in an endless, disparaging internal monologue, particularly when it comes to creative pursuits.
While we undoubtedly all live very busy lifestyles, I strongly feel that we all have the ability to create time within our schedules to explore our creative interests. Whether it requires a boost in motivation to get yourself up earlier, a shake-up to your current routine, or the letting go of something that no longer serves, we all have time to gain, and what better way to use it than on something creative that genuinely interests us?
I find that the belittling of our own capabilities tends to stem from over-comparison. If we aren’t comparing ourselves to another person, we are comparing ourselves to a fictional future version of ourselves that is so gifted and well put together that living as who we are right now seems almost depressing. Rather than continuing to feed into those stories, let this video inspire you to embrace the uniqueness of who you are right now, and to remember that:
A photograph (or any piece of art for that matter) is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what is in front of it.
A Matter Of Perspective
For those who aren’t interested in watching the video but are curious about the end results from each of the photoshoots, here are the six final images selected:
What are your thoughts on this social experiment? Does the difference in results inspire you to embrace the uniqueness of how you see the world? Let us know via the comment section below!
Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It
- The Facts:
Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.
- Reflect On:
How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?
I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.
When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.
In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.
This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!
Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee
You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.
In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.
There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!
Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.
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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)
Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.
Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though the ancients felt the same way.
Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.
Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.
Here’s A Little History
In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.
Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.
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