The World in Black and White

Over the weekend I had the honor of attending the Nobel Peace Prize Forum here in Minneapolis where I was utterly inspired by the messages of hope. The suffering that people around the world face on a daily basis gives me even more motivation and urgency to help in whatever way I can whether it be through advocacy, volunteering, education, photography or simply my words.

Sometimes the world becomes overbearing to me and the suffering and injustice of millions of people slams hard into my face like a solid brick. When I get to that point, I wish that everything in the world could be black and white. Easy. Simple. And clear. But we all know it is not. Finding the answers to the questions is a life-long journey, one that is not always pleasant. Yet we cannot stop searching for answers nor fighting for hope.

In honor of this powerful belief, I have reworked some of my favorite photos as a message of inspiration and hope that somehow I can make a difference, even if small, to making this world a better place for all. Let nature always inspire me to look at the world with an open mind and heart.


“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”. – Martin Luther Kind Jr. 


All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. – Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it”. – Kevyn Aucoin


“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”. – Mahatma Gandi


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”. – Dalai Lama


This post was inspired by the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Forum as well as Let’s Be Wild’s photo challenge Black and White. Please stay tuned for a broader conversation on the inspiring Nobel Peace Prize Forum. 


  1. I’d forgotten, Nicole. Beautiful post. The Dalai Lama is never wrong. Love that second last photo. Isn’t it amazing how differently things come over in black and white?

  2. These work so well in B&W Nicole. Love the one with that tenacious little tree on the side of the mountain! Great quotes too 🙂

    • Thanks Madhu! I adore how these turned out in B&W and I also love the tree one, how it is so lonely and hanging on the side of the mountain. 🙂

    • Thanks! I just published my thoughts yesterday. It was really so inspiring. So glad to be able to meet real life role models who inspire me so much and are the most humble people I’ve ever met. Even the better!

    • Thanks Lucy! Yes I love Ansel Adams. He is so amazing! I’m surprised how much I like these photos in B&W. I played around with the contrast and brightness too making them how I wanted. They feel powerful to me. 🙂

      • Nicole, they’re stunning! I must try playing around with B&W in Lightroom. Years ago I did a B&W photography course in the darkroom and that was so much fun!

      • Thanks Lucy! I ended up using Snapseed instead of Lightroom but I bet they would have been better with Lightroom. I still had stuff I could adjust just how I wanted though. 🙂

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