(Re)touching lives through photos

I came across this wonderful presentation at TED that is photography related. For those of you who are not familiar with TED, it is a fantastic resource where you can learn and get inspired by thousands of presentations given at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences from around the world. I hear it is very expensive and very exclusive to attend these conference in person but through the internet we can all benefit for their content from the comfort of our own homes. I’ve watched TED videos for a while but thought it would be beneficial to post this relevant content.

In this TED talk, Becci Manson, a photo retoucher by profession, decided to organize and partake in a movement that has helped people’s lives. I won’t go into the details, you should watch his short 10 minute video. What I do want to comment on is the power and the importance of still photography. I’ve posted a lot of pretty pictures about architecture and urban landscapes but by far the most important pictures are the ones of my family. I don’t post my personal photographs on this blog but my family photos are what I cherish the most. And unlike most things in life, these precious images go up in value as they get older. With this short intro, please enjoy the following video.

6 thoughts on “(Re)touching lives through photos

  1. Many think that “Yes I would like to be involved” but look towards a publicized project for things like this. There are many needs right in your own backyard. Look there.

    Family photos – I myself have been guilty of not taking enough of them. That changed this year with the PEN cameras. Now there are no excuses.

  2. Sometimes it is the unexpected, unplanned family snaps that really become memorable. I agree, taking the family photos on a ongoing basis is really important, the Pens make this easy.

  3. Reblogged this on Serendipity and commented:
    I recently was able to recover from my cousin some old photographs of my family and it really did touch my life. Photographs are incredibly evocative and personal to so many of us for so many reasons.

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