Inspiration – TED Talks

We have been sharing on twitter some of the TED talks that inspire us and we thought it was a good idea to put them in a little list (we teamed up with the folks at list.ly to get some interactive social lists here on our little website, so expect some more lists in the future. If you are a list.ly user, do let us know so we can follow eachother there as well).

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Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people

Gorgeous portraits of the world's vanishing people

When Jimmy Nelson traveled to Siberia to photograph the Chukchi people, elders told him: "You cannot photograph us. You have to wait, you have to wait until you get to know us, you have to wait until you understand us."
In this gorgeously photo-filled talk, join Nelson's quest to understand -- the world, other people, himself -- by making astonishing portraits of the world's vanishing tribes and cultures.

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The story of life in photographs

The story of life in photographs

In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity.
Soundtrack by Philip Glass.

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The beauty of human skin in every color

The beauty of human skin in every color

Angélica Dass's photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity.
In this personal talk, hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity's true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race.

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How not to be ignorant about the world

How not to be ignorant about the world

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know.
Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant and get some inspiration along the way !

In memoriam of Hans Rosling who passed away in January this year.

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Impossible photography

Impossible photography

Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments.
In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.
Inspiration for every photographer from the highest level.

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Hidden miracles of the natural world

Hidden miracles of the natural world

A different kind of macro.
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye.
To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.
At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

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The passing of time, caught in a single photo

The passing of time, caught in a single photo

Photographer Stephen Wilkes crafts stunning compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night, exploring the space-time continuum within a two-dimensional still photograph. Journey with him to iconic locations like the Tournelle Bridge in Paris, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a life-giving watering hole in heart of the Serengeti in this tour of his art and process.

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