Much needed Monday chocolate break….
Four years ago, photographer Jimmy Nelson set off on a quest to visit and photograph 31 of the world’s unique tribes. He became enamored with learning about cultures so unlike his own — cultures he fears will soon die out — with traditions, rituals, and customs he believes all the world should know.
"I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever," he says in a mission statement for his project, Before They Pass Away. “Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.”
In a high-energy, captivating talk at TEDxAmsterdam, Jimmy tells stories from this years-long project that has had him travel to the “edges of the world,” and taught him how to better understand the world, and the people, around him. Above, some of his work showcased in his talk, including his photos of the Samburu people, the Kazakhs, the Mursi, and the Rabari.
Before I die I want to..
"Before I Die" is a project by TED Fellow Candy Chang that asks strangers to share what they most want to accomplish in their lives. Since Candy created the first “Before I Die” wall in New Orleans in 2011, people have installed “Before I Die” walls in 62 countries around the world, including at many TEDx events.
Above, a selection of a few TEDx “Before I Die” installations at TEDxHonolulu in Hawaii, TEDxJerusalem in Jerusalem, TEDxRiyadh in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and TEDxBerkeley at the University of California, Berkeley.
Below, Candy’s 10 favorite “Before I Die” responses, from her interview with the TED Blog:
Before I die I want to…
- be completely myself (New Orleans, LA, USA).
- stare at the stars with the people I love (Pohang City, South Korea).
- own my own ice cream factory (Asunción, Paraguay).
- be a stripper and a nun at the same time (Santiago, Chile).
- see where my grandma grew up (Townsville, Australia).
- have my own theme song (Johannesburg, South Africa).
- overcome depression (Newport News, VA, USA).
- create a typeface of my own (Almaty, Kazakhstan).
- try lots of things (Brooklyn, NY, USA).
- stop being afraid (Jerusalem, Israel).
When I say, “I love you,” it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are.