Photography teaches us some very valuable lessons. Some of those lessons are common to all of us. Like, remembering to check your camera battery isn’t flat before you leave the house. Other lessons are somewhat more unique, and profound.
British photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent the past 31 years travelling the world. He photographs tribal and indigenous people to turn them into icons. In this video from the Cooperative of Photography, Jimmy shares some of his most intimate life lessons. Lessons he’s learned from the people he’s met along the way.
It’s a fascinating list, built from some truly unique experiences. I always find it interesting hearing the stories that taught people lessons in life. While many learn the same ultimate lesson, how they learn it can be wildly different.
Some of these topics have been covered here on DIYP before. Judgement, for example, is one that immediately springs to mind. Humour is one I re-learn every time I shoot in a river, because I inevitably end up falling over at some point. As long as I’m not holding a camera when it happens, it’s all good.
You can find out more about Jimmy and see the rest of his tribal photography on his website.
What life lessons have you learned through photography? What are the stories behind them? Let us know in the comments.
Images © Jimmy Nelson, used with permission.
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