I am an academic at heart. I love reading, exploring new media to research about the world around me, and constantly surround myself with those that can educate me. So it comes as no surprise that I am a huge fan of TED talks, the organization bringing together charming individuals in a global platform to share and teach one another about ourselves and the world around us.
One such TED talk given by David Griffin, the photo director for National Geographic, has particularly resonanted with me. I've watched it many times before, and just now watched it again with my father who saw it for the first time. David's presentation does not delve into the mechanics and technicalities of photography, but showcases how powerful photojournalistic imagery tells stories. “Visual narratives” as he calls it, freeze those moments that tell broad stories in a focused way and does so brilliantly. Although first filmed in 2008, it is worth the 14 or so minutes to watch. Please enjoy.