How is Your Day Today?

Last week I received an email from one of our readers, Tim Smith, with a link to a video called “Gratitude” from Louie Schwartzberg. It was so beautiful, that it brought tears to my eyes. We often get so busy with our daily routines that we tend to forget how great life is and how unique each day is for us to enjoy. This unique beauty is one of the main reasons why I got so hooked on photography – and I am sure your story is similar…

I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as I did!


  1. December 29, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Dear Nasim,
    Thanks for the post and video. Enjoyed it much. Many years back I choose to watch every sunrise possible for 3 years (but not to take a single image) and allow my heart to hold them. Since that time my wife & I spend most early mornings (5-6 am) on the flat part of our roof to just taken in the moment. To be and not do. The movie clip reminded of two Tao sayings “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” and “Never underestimate the value of doing nothing”.
    Much blessings for the coming year for you & the team.

  2. Profile photo of fbernardo41 2) fbernardo41
    December 29, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Thank you Nasim for posting this beautiful video. It really makes you stop and think. I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

  3. December 29, 2013 at 4:56 am


    Thank for introducing us to such a wonderful, gifted human being.

    It reminded me of a quote from Galen Rowell’s “Mountain Light”. An old Monk said of the huge influx of tourist with cameras around their necks , “Many come look, not good. A few come see, Good!” There is such a difference between “looking” at a mountain or a sunrise, and “seeing” that same mountain or sunrise.

    I visit your site daily and read back through your archives. Thanks for sharing so much straightforward information on photography.


  4. December 29, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Dear Nasim,

    This is such an amazing and inspiring video! This video shows exactly why we have to be so thankful with God for the oportunity we have everyday to capture each of the gifts He gave us and share them with the world through our images.

    Let me wish you much blessings for the upcoming year, I really love your work. Thanks for sharing and teach us everyday.



  5. 5) Greg Heller
    December 29, 2013 at 6:45 am

    How true that film is and how often I take things for granted, seems some change is in order — thank you so much for sharing

  6. December 29, 2013 at 8:01 am


    Very touching video indeed. Reminds me not to take things for granted and that today is all we have. Great way to end this year and begin the new year. I’ll be sharing and thank you for sharing. Happy New Year to you and your Family.



  7. December 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Thank you Nasim, for all what you guys do at Photographylife.
    We really enjoyed the video.

  8. 8) Loreto
    December 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Dear Nasim, Lola and the team at PL,
    My sensorgel sticks arrived on time and in excellent condition. The product lives up to my expectations and is a joy to use. The sensors of my Sony Nex 5N & Sony A37 are mostly clean. The A37 sensor is spotless. However the NEX 5N has one tough spot a little off-center towards the left (there are a few small spots around the edges too). These don’t come off with the sensor gel despite repeated use. I also tried visible dust’s wet-clean method (with the sensor swabs and their VDust plus solution). But they still remain on the sensor. Please do advise on what I should do. I could try giving the camera to a service center. But I am not sure if they would do a better job, and I would rather try something on my own (also the service is not going to be free).
    Before I signoff I would like to thank you for the selfless service that you provide for photographers throughout the world. Your articles about photography have always been insightful and helpful. As apposed to acquiring the sensor gel stick for your self and being content, you decided to sell the sensor gel on your website. This makes you special, and is a testament to your desire to share your happiness and passion with the photographic community.
    Thank You

  9. 9) Volker Sellmann
    December 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Dear Nasim
    Thanks for sharing this video. Very timely indeed for most of us, let’s all keep it in mind for the coming New Year.

  10. 10) Susan
    December 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    A good way to start the new year, and the rest of your life. I wish we could clone this man speaking, what an amazing world we’d have then….

  11. December 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I’d seen this previously and really appreciated the re-view. Shame they started out with the little girl … she’s very cute, but … I bet they lose a lot of viewers right there. The rest is awesome. I’m grateful to you for posting it!!!

  12. 12) Diana
    December 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you for this post!!

  13. December 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you very much. Will share.

  14. 14) John Siebel
    December 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Nacim, Lola and family –

    I feel so Blessed to have found you!

    Have a Healthy, Happy and Successful New Year!

    – John

    • 14.1) John Siebel
      December 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      My apologies Nasim, the “Spellchecker” insisted on altering your name. Ah technology!

  15. 15) Daniel Michael
    December 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Six well-spent minutes!
    One of the may reasons I went from painting to photography!

    What a lovely post, thank you!

  16. 16) BobW
    December 31, 2013 at 11:13 am


    Thank you, and Happy New Year to you & your family.

    Was this shot with Nikon or Canon?


  17. 17) Dick Chilian
    December 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    We are lucky to be born Americans.

    I travel to China frequently; there are visual interludes depicting brute horror clearly showing what some people in poorer countries endure.

    As a relatively hardened general surgeon, I’ve walked past such misfortune, young men involved in industrial accidents that are so catastrophic: Mutilated bodies, orbits and eyes burned out, enucleated-eyeless sockets, hands and arms or legs burned off, congenital deformities involving children with twisted dwarfed torsos and adults walking around with neglected untreated cancers….some are crawling and groveling on the streets….When I look, come upon them singing, begging….I sometimes have to look away. I have never seen such living nightmares.

    In the winter, a climate much like AZ, they are half naked to garner further sympathy. They only want one or two or three RMB (one RMB = ¢18).

    One poor soul had been born with such twisted deformed useless hands and feet, as if his spinal bifida was not enough, his arms and hands were stunted little twisted branches. He could move his bowl with these ‘hands’ but had to graze to eat.

    I give some money, RMB. There will be more ahead. The unfortunates try to beg close to malls or temples or busy tourist areas.

    I’ve taken some longer distant photos; face-to-face and I lose my nerve. They appear alien, not human. I want to. I get my camera ready …… I cannot photograph them.

    It would further de-humanize their living breathing nightmare to ask them, to pay them, but I cannot. I just drop the money in their bowl. The Western World and America should see what many people have in life. I’ve seen the same children crawling along, dragging their useless body along, begging for 3 years now.

    This is their daily gift of life.

    Some are so horrifying I cannot look. I am overwhelmed some lived through such burns all the while singing sad Buddhist songs.

    But what of those with zero future? As I grow older, visions such as these cause great pain. The city-province is 31,000,000 people. I only see a tiny fraction. I could easily spend all my money each day on the poor and destitute. I have never seen such suffering. Their crystal-clear visions arrive back home with me. I am haunted.

    They have no future. Life in the USA is too easy. We should be thankful every single day. Life is so easy.

    Sorry to write such a sobering if not downright depressing comment on the last day of the year. I certainly do not want you to go pour a hot tub and take the razor blade. It’s not meant to do that.

    The optimism of future is always tempered with passed by, life’s toils. My life’s toils and troubles pale. There is no comparison. My troubles contrast with their troubles…a relatively easy life vs a terrible life.

    I wish I could really do something to help them other than drop some money.

    Dick Chilian

    I tried to attach a small video and some photos. Sorry, couldn’t figure out. I don’t have a web page of my own.

    • January 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Gary, just saw your comment. Very very sad indeed. I am originally from a country called Uzbekistan and I have seen a similar picture before many times. My father was a doctor and he used to tell us stories about men killing their children and their wives, then committing suicide just because they cannot feed them and they have too many debts and no way out. People die from hunger, disease, conflicts and other causes every minute. The world we live in is a horrible place if you look closer. Our media hides most of it – we fight about politics and choice of camera brands, while people in some places suffer badly. You don’t even need to go far – just take a look at some suburbs right here in the US and you will find plenty of similar examples. It might not be as graphic, but we have some of it right here too. I recently read that the money that simply disappears from our government budget and the cost of wars abroad could easily create and support a new country the size of the US! Don’t remember the source, but when I thought about that, it was painful to realize that all we have to do is redirect our efforts in the right direction and cause, such as building schools, hospitals and doing everything we can to prevent wars and suffering. People in Syria today are burning their furniture and shoes just to stay warm in the winter. Most of them already ran out of supplies and they are dying of cold and hunger. A similar picture can be seen in North Korea, India, China and many other countries. It is really depressing to see what is going on in the world today.

      One of my dreams is to be successful and do everything I can to help those in need. I have already started with small things, but I know it is not enough. Not even close. I wish I had more to give everyday.

      Have a wonderful New Year and thank you for everything you have done. You seem like a very warm and compassionate soul and the world needs more people like you. Thank you.

  18. 18) Gary Hollingworth
    January 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous video. Makes me hope that we will all be more helpful and kind to our fellow human beings.

  19. 19) muls
    January 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for 2013 photographic values that you given us looking forward for 2014 …
    Wish you and your family a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

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