Seven Life Lessons Photographer Jimmy Nelson Has Learned From Photography

Photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent over 30 years traveling around the globe taking pictures, mostly photographing indigenous cultures by using his camera as a tool to make contact and build relationships with unknown communities around the planet. In this video, Nelson shares seven life lessons that he has personally learned through his photography experiences during his worldwide adventures.

The Seven Lessons

  1. Humor
  2. Knowledge
  3. Vulnerability
  4. Pride
  5. Judgment
  6. Respect
  7. Reflection

The video is definitely worth watching, and at only about six minutes long, everyone can find the time, even if over your cup of coffee in the morning. I actually feel this video could have been so much longer; I was left wanting to hear more after it ended. Straight to the point, I suppose.

Mr. Nelson gives very specific stories to go along with each lesson, and while brief, they are extremely fascinating. He shares some really intimate and personal accounts that are truly inspiring. I am constantly being reminded and shown photography is about so much more than gear, making money, or even the final product you produce. Photography is a character-builder, and it makes me see the world around me differently.

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david squire's picture

Excellent video! You get the feeling he has a lot more good stories and can tell them pretty good, as well...

Dustin Levine's picture

Definitely, I would love to hear more!.......The things he must have see over the past 30 years in the field.