Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

mysteries of the unseen world


We go on with our lives, constrained to our Euclidean boxes one day to another. Either we go to schools to study, or to offices to do our daily jobs, we oftentimes get a strong tedium about our boring, mundane world (sometimes I’ve got that feeling as well). Piles of jobs to complete, homework to finish, without even a single bit of time spent to observe our world.

Louie Schwartzberg, however, having persevered for years to capture photographs of daily glimpses of the nature in full details, wants us to break our mainstream perception; through his latest documentary, Mysteries of The Unseen World, the award-winning filmmaker wants us to realize that the universe itself, in essence, is not that mundane as we can imagine: in fact, it is composed of multitudinous, and even numberless, forms of dynamism, big or small, seen or unseen, visible or invisible. We hardly realize the daily, infinitesimal wonders surrounding us: of tiny creatures hiding in our hair, of birds flying around us, of trees and plants growing around our neighborhoods, of how insects fly, etc.

The world, indeed, has countless mysteries, with wonders and mind-shaking discoveries waiting to be unveiled, layer by layer.

Watch this 7-minute TED talk below, and get ready for some little surprises to our lives.


Like these, please

First, I have to admit that the photo submissions for Canon Young Photographers’ Awards – as already expected – didn’t make me win any. Nor did I get into top 1000 among the pictures (I made that list myself).

Nevertheless, I manage to participate again in this latest photography competition organized by Garuda Indonesia. And this competition – despite some of the grammatical errors you probably can see in the instruction, but pardon me for my grammar Nazism – is held on international scale, and includes judges from various countries (I saw many of them originate from US and Europe). This is surely more challenging than the previous race (it’s more focused on Asian scope), but I would really highly appreciate your sincere efforts, plainly simple, in ‘liking’ my three pictures, as I will show the links below:


First picture: Tranquillitas

Second picture:  Symphony in The Sky

Third picture: Selamat Datang!


I even appreciate further for any of you very willing to share my pictures. Thank you!


To be honest, the decision that I joined Canon Young Photographers Award competition was partly accidental. As I saw that a friend of mine had uploaded her picture, I was – okay, using a motivator’s vernacular should be no problem – highly motivated to submit some pictures I took as well. Well, I didn’t use paraphernalia like DSLR or EOS; I was only equipped with a ten-year-old Canon camera that my mom had just recently given to me. I don’t want to be trapped in the vicious cycle of ‘wishful thinking’, but regarding winning competition and getting an all-expenses-paid trip to US to attend National Geographic’s photography workshop – one of my lifelong dreams is to, at least, be able to join a Nat Geo project – who would dare enough to refuse these efficacious offers?


Therefore, do please vote for my pictures by clicking these links I provide below (I submit 2 pictures, in fact):




I will really, really thank you very much if you either vote or like my pictures. I wish you countless blessings!


As an indirect reciprocation, to thank my friend, Adriana Salim, for indirectly, and unconsciously, ‘alerting’ me to join this competition, I’ll also enclose another link for you to vote for her picture as well:



Thank you!