Water lily

Åkande

photo by Christian Louw

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New Year 2014

Constellation

Constellation
photo by Christian Louw

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Have a seat

Have a seat

Denmark, summer, 2013
photo: Christian Louw     camera: rx100     software: Capture One Pro 7

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Life on a stone

Life on a stone

Denmark, summer, 2013
photo: Christian Louw     camera: rx100     software: Picasa3

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Waves

Waves

Denmark, summer, 2013
photo: Christian Louw     camera: rx100     software: CaptureOnePro7 & Picasa3

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Light

Light

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Forest magic

Denmark, summer, 2012
photo: Christian Louw     camera: A35     software: CaptureOnePro6

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Flowers

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Life in the woods

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Imagination And Failure

In 2008, J. K. Rowling held a fantastic speach at Harvard University.

Here is a little teaser:

… I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics; they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day. Of all subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys to an executive bathroom. …

… Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew. …

… You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected; I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above rubies. …

You can find the whole speech here:
http://www.cambridgeforum.org/wordpress/?p=748

or here as a pdf-document: Imagination_And_Failure

 

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