"Being an artist isn’t just a “right brain” activity---you must use ALL of your brain, body and spirit to create. When the creation is done, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts… and so is the creator." - Lyrae Perry

Oh My God!

It’s not blasphemy, it’s not a phrase intended to offend.  It’s one that most of us use quite a bit.  But have you thought about you really mean when you say… “Oh my God!” ?

Louie Schwartzberg has.  Louie is a world-renown nature filmmaker.  Louie was recently interviewed on one of my favorite shows; Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday which aired last week.  Louis specializes in time-lapse photography, showing us a world that we don’t normally get to see…”The World Beyond What We Can See”.   His work is awe-inspiring to say the least.

Go here to see his full bio:

http://www.ted.com/speakers/louie_schwartzberg

Female Monarch butterfly by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

Female Monarch butterfly by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

I love what Louie has to say about people’s reactions to his work…

“When people see these images, (I hear) one common phrase over and over…”Oh my God!”  And I thought about what that means:

  1. I think the “oh” means that it caught your attention, makes you mindful and present (in the moment).
  2. The “my” means (something) is connecting deep inside your soul, letting your inner voice come out.
  3. And “God” is that universal energy we all want to be connected to, and the personal journey we all want to be on.”

Isn’t that great?  Read on to enjoy what Louie has to say about nature, beauty and his life’s purpose:

“Nature is an important message and we need to live in harmony with the planet. One of the ways we can do this is through beauty.  Beauty is nature’s operating instructions, because it motivates you to make the right choices…seducing you with color, taste, touch and smell to do the right things.  A romantic poet would say it’s love, a scientist calls it manipulation.  It’s about DNA moving forward. It’s about the creative evolutionary process moving forward.  Beauty is the dance of life that every creature is doing. And so it isn’t about pure seduction…it’s about life moving forward.  Nature is truth manifesting the order and intelligence of the living universe.

When you feel an emotional connection to the outside world, then you’ll do what ever it takes to protect it.  We are hard-wired to protect what we fall in love with.”

Photography is a spiritual practice for Louie.

“Focus is a spiritual practice.  When filming, I have to decide what’s most important to focus on. Inside of every image, there’s a large range of possibilities regarding what f-stop, lens and distance I choose.  I can only pick one combination.  Focus allows me to direct the eye to move within an image to tell a story.  Our life journey is about making choices and focusing on what’s important.”

Louie’s new focus is on mushrooms.

StumpfungusPhoto of Stump fungus by Ecornerdropshop

“Mushrooms are the giant internet of nature. The part we see above the ground is the fruiting body; the mycelium is like a root system underground and is how everything is connected.  The largest one on the planet (so far) covers 2500 acres in Oregon. (Mushrooms) are everywhere under the ground transmitting nutrients and information for life to prosper.  It doesn’t have a brain, but it’s conscious and intelligent.  And just because we don’t understand the language of nature, doesn’t mean it’s not intelligent…it’s just our inadequacy to be able to communicate with it.”

It’s obvious to me that photographers and artists are cut out of the same cloth.  So much of what Louie is doing with his photographic art resonates with me at a very deep level.  The natural world holds endless possibilities for painting, and Louie has exposed deeper levels of our world that are really beautiful and exciting.  Definitely feeling the pull of the paint today.

I know you’ll really like today’s gifts from Louie. One is a link to his TED talk on Nature, Beauty and Gratitude.  It’s pure enjoyment and inspiration and the second offering is two lovely quotes from this master filmmaker about art and finding your purpose.

www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude

“Art is being in the creative zone and it’s a reflection of the creative energy of the living universe.”  & ” If you find your path, you’ll never lose your way” — Louie Schwartzberg

 Enjoy!

Lyrae

PS:  If you just didn’t get enough with the TED talk, you can see more of Louie’s work on Oprah’s site and explore the links:

http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Oprah-and-Louie-Schwartzberg-The-World-Beyond-What-We-Can-See#!

mushroom-Amanita_muscaria_(fly_agaric)Photo of Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) by Michael Maggs

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