How Louie Schwartzberg and The Year 2016, Will Reveal Nature in New Ways

Louie Schwartzberg TEDx, Gratitude Revealed

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking and pioneering imagery with the use of  leading technologies. He shares his amazing work at MovingArt.

Louie Schwartzberg’s careers in cinematography has produced some of the most mind expanding visuals that have ever been shared. His TEDx Talk videos are among of the most viral on the Internet.

And, in 2016, he intends to build on his successes and surpass them by offering something the world greatly needs: a powerful new way to visualize nature.

What humans have historically been able to perceive directly has been extremely limited. The input stimulus available to our sensory organs—eyes, ears, nose, skin—and that our neurology can process falls into a narrow range.

These limitations lead to all kinds of misconceptions.

2016 Promises to Break Through Many of These Limitations

Why? Because so much of what happens inside us and around us happens outside our range of perception. Some things occur too slowly to perceive directly, like the growth of a forest or the opening of a flower or too rapidly, like the movement of a hummingbird’s wings. Some events happen at scales too vast to take in, like the complexities of ocean currents or too infinitesimally, like the jump of an electron from one valence to another inside an atom. And some things simply seem to defy perception at all by being aspects of consciousness. Yet the New Year 2016 promises to break through many of these limitations.

In recent years, Louie Schwartzberg has been instrumental in allowing us to see the world around us afresh with his intensely beautiful documentaries “Mystery of the Unseen World” for National Geographic, “Wings of Life” narrated by Meryl Streep, Fantastic Fungi, Magic Flowers, and so many more. [1][2][3][4] And, now in 2016, he plans to share new imagery with the documentary film, Gratitude Revealed.

Oprah and Louie Schwartzberg, Explore the Science and Mystery Behind Themes of “Gratitude”

Schwartzberg, known for his time-lapse photography of opening flowers and the world of bees in super slow-motion is now taking on the realm of human consciousness with a series of 15 short films on themes related to “gratitude” including the science and mystery behind concepts as varied as courage, curiosity, happiness, purpose, focus, forgiveness and creativity. [5] Initially launched as part of a gratitude revealed movement on Today, a viral sensation, Louie Schwartzberg’s TEDx talk on gratitude has already reached tens of millions of viewers. The video is embedded below. He intends to color the world with these amazing insights. These films can now be seen for free online at

But this film is only one of the ways we are invited to see the unseen. According to Adam B. Dorfman, author of the book Conceptual Revolutions in Science, Vol. 1, a number of technological breakthroughs now allow us to expand our perception beyond our physical senses. The book introduces these technologies along with interviews with the inventors. “Technology not only allows us to use data to view previously unseen worlds, but has enhanced our senses and provided tremendous breakthroughs. Louie Schwartzberg’s work is prominently featured in the book because his findings and message are the fundamental basis for scientific advancements. For scientific truth, we need to explore the unseen worlds and then accept nature as she is”

Like Louie Schwartzberg’s film making, Conceptual Revolutions in Science recognizes that perception isn’t just a matter of better cameras and other technological devices. The book introduces parallel scientific findings that will enable its readers to have a new appreciation for the beauty and limitation of our basic senses. We are beginning to see the world around us with fresh eyes and open hearts as the technology facilitates breathtaking insights beyond our senses.

Enhancing Our Perception of Nature

How important will these changes in perception be? Potentially they could change the future of the planet as an abode for human evolution says science researcher and author, Monica Rix Paxson. “If we were able to actually see the invisible carbon we release into the atmosphere, we might be more willing to do something about it. Humans have the capacity to act in our own best interests—to put out fires—when we can smell the smoke.”

So, what do Louie Schwartzberg and the 2016 New Year have in common?

They both give you the opportunity to see the world in new ways, beyond the limitations of our senses. And that can be huge.

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    By: Monica Rix Paxson

    Monica Rix Paxson has written a number of books including the Amazon best seller Dead Mars, Dying Earth, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award and has been featured on the BBC, Good Morning American, CBS This Morning, CNN and the Los Angeles Times.

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  • Honey, thanks for the mind-bending article! Although I have an extreme education, you’ve brought forth science connections that I’m very interested to learn more about. I subscribed.