"A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can." - artist Maira Kalman at TEDxMet

We had a wonderful time at TEDxMet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday! The stellar lineup included neuroscientist Eric Kandel, writer Andrew Solomon, and legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones.  
We’ll share the videos as soon as they’re posted, but in the meantime, one of our favorite quotes from the day.

"A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can." - artist Maira Kalman at TEDxMet

We had a wonderful time at TEDxMet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday! The stellar lineup included neuroscientist Eric Kandel, writer Andrew Solomon, and legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones.  

We’ll share the videos as soon as they’re posted, but in the meantime, one of our favorite quotes from the day.

Why are we afraid of imperfection? A TEDx speaker explores

TEDxDubai speaker Matt Hoyle is a photographer obsessed with flaws — the quirks, blights, and imperfections that inspire the masses to untag Facebook photos, Photoshop magazine covers, and always pose at the best angle.

In his talk, “Perfect imperfection,” he describes his fascination with presenting the subjects of his portraits as they really are — flawed, interesting, imperfect — rather than trying to obtain the perfect ideal of beauty that we search for when choosing our Facebook profile pictures.

His philosophy is best summed up in few words a subject of one of his photographs once told him:

I think people don’t accept imperfection that well. They gawk at it; they stare at it — because it’s curious to them.

It’s a shame because there’s so much beauty out there besides beauty.

Above, a selection of portraits from Matt’s jaw-droppingly beautiful series Winter Swimmers.

For World Gratitude Day, Louie Schwarzberg’s beautiful TEDxSF talk, “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.”

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.