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Beauty as a Force of Energy

Thu Apr 18, 2013, 12:03 PM

Louie Schwartzberg has made it his life’s mission to use his cinematic artistry to raise the alarm for public awareness of the dire situation we are facing in the possible collapse of our taken-for-granted natural resources. The “colony collapse disorder” currently decimating our honeybees was the prompt for Louie’s new movie, Wings of Life, which at it's essence, is a love story that feeds the earth.

Disney is releasing the film on multiple formats and portals everywhere this week. The film is a cinematic wonder of beautiful camera work capturing natural beauty— the finest example of a “dialogue” between nature’s own “narration” and the “journalistic” skills of an artist with a true poet soul. The pure magic of this mesmerizing film is the fruit of such collaboration.

Anyone lucky enough to spend a little time with louieschwartzberg and become caught up in the spell of his desire to save humanity from itself will be familiar with his profound dictum: “Beauty and seduction are nature’s tool for survival, because we will protect what we fall in love with.” He refers here not only to people falling in love, but to bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds being attracted to the beauty of the various flowering plants that need to be pollinated so that their bounty (like honey and fruits and nuts, etc.) can continue to support human survival. I found the correlation of this idea to the very mission of art to be startling.

Could it be that because the indescribable beauty of nature’s seduction rages just a bit too far beyond the edges of our daily perceptions to be noticed, we will let that engine of human survival finally fail— a victim of our blindness to its beauty?

Joshua TreesReaching the Stars

Could it be that works of art— like Louie’s documentary— can “seduce” us into loving nature’s beauty, really seeing it for the first time, and thus finally gain our urgently needed protection?

Louie Schwartzberg is not only a poet with a camera, but is proving himself to be one of the most important guides to the survival of humanity on our rapidly depleting planet. When an artist could easily simply rest on his or her laurels for their achievement in artistic innovation and excellence, it is truly heartening and inspiring when that artist chooses to take it that step beyond into advocacy for nature and humanity and use his or her art to educate and help heal the planet. This is the extra dimension to Louie’s life that makes him someone whose spirit we should hope to honor and emiulate in our own artistic endeavors.

Beautyas a Force of Energy

That’s another Louie maxim I keep twisting round and round in my head, endlessly considering all its possible dimensions. The beauty of nature, the beauty of art, the beauty of love are what energize us and keep us forever wanting to preserve life – every life, including animal and plant life, planet life.

Mooseon the Loose


A Galaxy Inside aFlower


Heaven atBig Sur

In honor of the message behindWings of Desire

Louie is proposing that we do our best to create or curate artworks or other images that best illustrate this idea:

“Beauty as a Force of Energy.” Louie will soon share his vision for a project he will be curating around just this thought with the deviantART community, the depiction of Beauty, Kindness, Love, Joy, etc. as a force of energy could not only have an impact but change the world. I just thought I would get the ball rolling early! Louie is thinking of a collaborative project built around artworks that best depict the idea of Beauty as a Force of Energy. He will reveal more details on his page soon. If you have any ideas for him about what might make a project like that soar and really deliver the message around the world please send him a note as he is in early stages of building the project.

On Earth-Scriptures Groupby louieschwartzberg

I love the Jumping Spider photo by dalimas. I once filmed a baby caterpillar being pounced upon and consumed by a jumping spider. The good news is that millions of Monarchs survive their caterpillar phase with a mass quantities strategy beneficial to both butterflies and spiders. Natural beauty may be savage, but it is purposeful and balanced.

In the "Closer Gallery", the Purple Dahlia by Coatlique touches the deepest part of my soul as I recognize the universal pattern of radiant symmetry and composition. Such are nature’s tools for creating a resonance within us. I believe that beauty is nature's tool for survival because we fall in love with what is beautiful and so we seek to protect it. Nature's operating instructions motivate our behavior to move our DNA forward – which is why Life is a force of energy.

Spiral II by abey79 and Color Explosion by IngoSchobert reveal that from the micro to the macro the universal patterns and rhythms of the Universe are reflected to us daily in these mirrors deep inside of every cell of your mind, heart and soul.

All of the work in EARTH-SCRIPTURES speaks to the shift of consciousness that is happening as artists unite to inspire people to the truth, beauty, and intelligence of nature. We humans may lack the vocabulary to communicate with nature, which speaks to our own inadequacy. Artists at EARTH-SCRIPTURES have their antennae tuned into scanning beyond the surface of nature to capture the spirit of nature that touches and opens our hearts to be present, conscious and connected with our friends, our families and most importantly, with ourselves.

QuestionsFor the Reader

  1. Is it a responsibility of artists to participate in environmental and social justice causes? Do artists have any excuse for not participating?
  2. Artists have a gift in representing the beauty of the world. Should this necessarily become a contribution to saving the environment?
  3. Were you already aware of the honey bee “colony collapse disorder” syndrome before being alerted to it through this article or Louie's documentary?

Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg has made it his life’s mission to use his cinematic artistry to raise the alarm for public awareness of the dire situation we are facing in the possible collapse of our taken-for-granted natural resources. The “colony collapse disorder” currently decimating our honeybees was the prompt for Louie’s new movie, Wings of Life: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth.

Writers: techgnotic & louieschwartzberg
Designers: marioluevanos

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ilvbrownies Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I first of all want to say that I am just as guilty as many when it comes to taking nature for granted, both directly and indirectly due to my choices. I say this so that anything that follows does not seem (quite as) hypocritical as it would be if I immediately started in on the offensive. 
OK in regards to the first question; I have a hard time saying its their responsibility because that kind of implies that I am very active and vocal when it comes to these issues which is not the case. Are there any excuses as to why artists aren't more active when it comes to these issues? Let's face it of course there are excuses, what one has to ask is of all the excuses, which ones are viable and which ones are merely in the vein of (*my dog ate my homework*).
In regards to the second question; I think it boils down to what the artists goal is, for some its merely a means of making money or achieving fame. On the other hand there are artists who take an interest in spreading some kind of message, or reaching out to make an impact in some way. I think it would be great if all artists shared the same kind of enthusiasm that Mr. Schwartzberg has for making beautiful art and at the same time trying to do something to save our planet even if its not in the immediate future. But as I stated, some people only become artists because of the (in my opinion) misguided belief of fame and fortune. 
and lastly in regards to the third question; No I was not, I know a little bit about honey bees and their extremely tight-knit communal life-style, but I was not aware of a "colony collapse disorder". 
Insane101X Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
As a photographer myself, you are the type of person I aspire to be. Your shots are amazing! It has the most perfect composition and contrast! I hope I will someday travel the world, taking photos just like these!
tushar90 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
thank you for sharing,i dont have words to say thanks to you..
VarietyARt Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
A great food for thought 
Domy008 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
What wonderful emotions, thank you very much for sharing with us these wonders yes we live in a wonderful world that we must preserve at every moment, thank you again for this fantastic look and please give us more
Oldpaladindeviant13 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014

It would be desirable to look long-long!


Zedrayas Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This page is worthy of an award, bloody amazing work, breathtakingly beautiful images, well done!!!
old-doc Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I support this idea and concept strongly. All things and opposites are held in tension, which creates energy, within the One.  Some call this the Tao, others God or Brahma - elan vitale --whatever, but here is a Centre- a Harmony - the Yin-Yang symbol encapsulates this truth.
As artists some of us seek to express this energy because it seems that man and womankind may have broken this amazing balance by the erroneous sense of separation from nature - alienation due to the false idea of self - us versus them or it. True Self is identity with the One.  monistic, not dualistic - the great mistake of the western enlightenment.

True religions and true art are about restoring this balance  and this may be vital for saving the planet or even more.  The word we seek I think is LOVE.  To express love in our whole being - art and life- is probably beyond us much of the time but at least creative folk have a way and a means - a gift at our disposal.

So our art may well be the vital way of restoration, especially now that 'organised' religions have proved so disastrous.

I will follow this whole project with interest. 
pokemon22255 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Mother of God!
umbreonLover56 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
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