Inspirational Photography: Encouraging Positivity Captured by The Lens

Uplifting photography that represents positive messages are captivating and symbolizes just how beautiful life is…especially the ‘simple’ yet priceless & precious moments/creations we should never take for granted.  Here are some of my favorite photos that are delightful, inspiring, and interesting to reflect on. Of course, people may not always share the same perspectives, but I sincerely hope these amazing photos can inspire more happiness/hope and encourage us all to have a wondrous/positive viewpoint on life.

Children laughing in a field of marigold flowers in Panskura, West Bengal, India. The picture won the Families category in the worldwide photography competition

 

Third place – "Winter Sunrise Over" by Stephen Banks

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I want to go to Africa someday and take pictures like this and show the would a smile can change all..

 

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Twin Baby Elephants, East Africa {by Diana Robinson}

Twin Baby Elephants, East Africa by Diane Robinson

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Boogie Down Bronx:Classic Photography

1520 Sedgwick Avenue and D.J Kool Herc are names forever synonymous with a part of the origins of rap music. In 1973 on August 11th, Kool Herc hosted a back to school party for his sister at the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue apartment building. At the community house party, he introduced a technique that involved two turntables, a mixer, two copies of the same record, and playing another song at the beginning or middle of the record while focusing on ”the break” in each one. With D.J Kool Herc presenting his technique, his friend Coke La Rock began to rap and many legendary rappers like Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Master Flash all claimed to have witnessed this historic significant event in music history. In honor of The Boogie Down Bronx, here are some truly amazing and influential photos that shows why  The Boogie Down Bronx will always be considered a birthplace of the rhythmic poetic art we call Hip Hop.

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Gordon Parks Photography: Some of My Favorites

Gordon Parks is not only one of my favorite photographer- artists, but he is also an icon that has captured some of the most memorable photos for legendary magazines like Life and has directed classics like Shaft. Each and every one of these photographs describes a story, a time, and a place that are all historic in some specific way. Here are some of my favorite Gordon Parks photographs.

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What Happend?: Back When More People ”Dressed To Their Nines”

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Although everyone has their own style and there are still people who love to dress up for no special occasion ( thank you all) , I love looking at the photos taken in the early 20th century of the people looking all dapper and just all put together…just to grab something to drink, grocery shop, or go for a walk. I understand that everyone has their own fashion style and comfort is very important, but it seems as if people in those eras actually cared more about being put together, not just to impress someone, but because that was a way of life. Not just wealthy people either, but everyone because you don’t need a lot of money then or now to ”dress to your nines”. They didn’t just save their best outfits for Sundays, the clubs, or a ceremony. I don’t believe in saving a nice special outfit for a certain event, I actually feel more comfortable now being dressed up than in a t-shirt & jeans look all of the time. Yes, having casual clothes that is not dressy is good to own as well, but maybe it’s just me being an ”old-soul” or whatever. I just love seeing those photos of our grandmas in those pretty pin curls ( inspiration behind my latest hair do), those nice dapper suits on the fellas, and the children ( especially the little girls) had on those cute ”Sunday” dresses/play suits, but it was not just worn on ”special days”. Some people will claim that it is simply because that was a different era/time, but the dapper look and other vintage trends like the Pin Up Girl/ Rockabilly fashion is popular in this era for a reason. I am constantly inspired now to dress ”to my nines” more days than not whenever I look at those fabulous vintage pictures of my relatives ,images from the internet, and I just smile.  Here are a few that helped define what ”dressed to the nines are”

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The Art Of Nature: Please Don’t Take It For Granted

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Whenever I am on the train or outside anywhere & there is a clear beautiful view of the sky, I take time to look at it in awe. I also observe how other people see it, and it amazes me how to some people…the sky is just the sky. The stars are just…the stars. Sometimes something ”extreme” or ”rare” has to happen for people to go out at night or take time doing the day & stare up into the sky. The sky has to be a bright peachy color, or it has to look green after it rains outside for some people to think, ”wow”. If Kanye West was walking down a street on a star lit night (I mean lots of beautiful stars everywhere in the sky)….which one would have to take the backseat to the other? We live in a celeb-obsessed society so I already know what would probably happen. A lot of people would look at Kanye West first and then when he leaves, that’s when they pay attention to the details above them. It doesn’t matter how beautiful our universe’s stars look that night, a lot of people would probably be focused more on the celebrity because we feel that stars in the sky are more common and “regular” than Kanye. We see nature every day, so some people just consider it apart of a ”routine” of things. Sometimes people have a lot on their minds, which we all do, and they don’t truly ”soak in” what our universe has to offer…free of charge. The only thing we have to own is clear vision ( I’m not just referring to physical eyes). So, I encourage people to not just look at the sky or stare into ”space” whenever something is heavy on their minds, but also genuinely look at these beautiful creations and let your mind explore what the universe has to offer…you may find a gateway to another ”world” that only certain people know about. Have a blessed & positive day!