Taste of the Talk | Louis Schwartzberg, A Love Story That Feeds the Earth

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography.

TEDxSF: Louis, tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

LS: I’m a filmmaker, and I’ve been trying to capture the magic of nature for over thirty years…Along the way, I directed commercials for fifteen years, music videos, Michael Jackson and I’m now working on feature documentaries…

TEDxSF: What will you be showing to us on June 4th?

LS: On June 4th I’m going to be talking about beauty. I’ve always been fascinated with what is beauty. Basically, I’ve been shooting time-lapse flowers for over thirty years non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In thirty years of building, I’ve got 12 hours of material. I thought just capturing the beauty of flowers was enough of a reason for doing it. But the truth was, when I heard that the bees were disappearing, what the scientist call Colony Collapse Disorder, I realized you can’t tell the story of the vanishing bees unless you tell the story about flowers because of their symbiotic relationship. And perhaps that was my vision on this earth, to be able to share that story… I’m going to be talking about beauty and beauty as a tool for survival, how nature seduces us into protecting it by falling in love with it.

TEDxSF: How do you live your best life?

LS: Well, I think you have to follow your passion. And also know your mission. And if can combine the two, then it’s the best of both worlds.  As I described earlier just by being fascinated by flowers, maybe flowers seduced me into filming them but that became the reason for a making a movie about the vanishing bees which many scientists claim is the most serious environmental threat facing mankind. So if you can overlap the social mission with your passion, your creative passion, it would be the best of both worlds.

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