Entries in TED (2)
This is how photography manipulation genius Erik Johansson ends his TED talk in which he explains how his fascinating images are created. I am sure some of them you might have come across already.
I have today however discovered the below video in which he explains that all the tools are out there to create realistic looking fantasy-worlds like on his images - all you need is to have imagionation. I wholeheartedly agree. With the technology already available everything in image manipulation is possible. You can be God - or however you want to call it - of your own visual universe.
But especially after watching this video I would definitely also like to add that you not only need a lot of fantasy but also the willingness and persistence to turn your ideas into reality.
And this - as we probably all know with some form of guilt - is the point where most of us could do with a kick up our backsides.
Erik spends sometimes months from the moment the creative spark hits him until the visualisations of his concepts are finished. His aim is to make everything look as if an actual photograph could have been taken - despite it being sometimes totally un-realistic scenarios.
And that's for me what makes them so striking.
Check out his website for all of his other projects: http://alltelleringet.com
I just discovered this unforgettable video of a talk from Brain Scientist Jill Bolte Taylor in which she describes what happened when a massive stroke hit her. I tell you: These are some of the most moving 18 minutes and 41 seconds of speech I watched in my entire life!
In a truly unique presentation I heard the answers to a question I have asked myself for a long time. Why some people seem so creative, sensitive, warmhearted, free-spirited positive beings who want to be in peaceful unity with the universe while others are much more rational, logical, methodical self-centered individuals?
The reasons for that lie within our brains which consist out of two halves with completely different ways of "ticking". The right hemisphere is the free spirit - while the left hemisphere is the rational thinker. And some people are born as Left and some as Right Brainers or as a combination of both.
The interesting thing about this video is that Jill as a brain scientist had the chance to study on her very own body how the brain works. She vividly describes how she experienced a heavy stroke where an exploded blood vessel in her left brain switched off the logical voice in her. It gave her the most incredible rush of happiness and the feeling that she was one with the universe. She watched as her brain functions like speech, motion, self-awareness shut down one by one.
In a truly mesmerising way she describes how this life-threatening experience made her understand what potentially amazing creatures human beings are and how wonderful our planet could be if we would just listen more often to our right brain.
This is a serious must watch for everyone. Peace and Love! Be a Righty!
Check out www.ted.com for more inspiring informative videos about our universe.