Inspiring V*I*D*E*O: Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow

“I think of my life’s work as a celebration of all of nature, an orchestra that plays not the sounds of one musician, the music of one species, but rather an expression of all of nature’s songs.” –Gregory Colbert, creator of Ashes and Snow

In the last year of so, I have found myself getting into cinema more, finding gems across all subject areas.  Some of my favorites are documentaries, or art films.  This one is a gem blending soothing sounds, breathtaking landscapes, and intimate interactions between humans and creatures.

In this amazing video titled Ashes and Snow, Canadian-born photographer/filmmaker Gregory Colbert beautifully depicts our incredible connection to nature and the animal kingdom.   Ashes and Snow was first presented in Venice, Italy, in 2002.  The show went on to become the centerpiece of the Nomadic Museum, a concept created by Colbert to served as a “purpose-build traveling structure” which immerses visitors in the subject with photographs, soundscapes, and video .  The exhibit has traveled the world, with more than 10 million visitors to date according to the Ashes and Snow website,  more than any other exhibit by a living artist.

Roger Payne, who famously made the discovery of the haunting sing song of Humpback whales, said of Colbert and his artistic work,

“Gregory’s images return us to the sanity of our undeniable, unavoidable, inextricable connection to nature. And they do it with beauty, grace, lightness-of-being, strength. His images, like whale songs, are the last wild voices calling to the consciousness of terminally civilized humanity, our last contact with nature before we submerge forever in our own manufacture and lose forever the final fragments of our wild selves.”

Child and elephant, from Ashes and Snow, Gregory Colbert
Child and elephant, from Ashes and Snow, Gregory Colbert

I so love that not only does he produce amazing visual images, but he takes the next step to make them part of an experience that engages the viewer. If we are engaged and feel connected to the natural world, we might be inspired to protect it for the future generations that will walk the earth with these creatures long after we are gone.

Beautiful stuff, and definitely inspiring.

To see images from the exhibit in 2008 in Mexico  City’s Zocolo, visit production manager Loris Vigiani’s nice photo set on his flickr page here

Child and cat, from Ashes and Snow
Child and cat, from Ashes and Snow, Gregory Colbert

Happy Thursday.  How will be express your fabulous, creative self today to the world?

One Comment Add yours

  1. Professions for PEACE says:

    This is spectacular! Thank you so very much for sharing about this incredible work. Very inspiring. With gratitude, Gina

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