Finding the Unexpected with Randy Olson

January 8, 2014

In the spirit of new beginnings, we couldn't be more excited to share with you the first Blue Chalk release of 2014.

In December we had a unique opportunity to create a promotional piece for National Geographic photographer Randy Olson—a master photojournalist named both Newspaper Photographer of the Year (1992) and Magazine Photographer of the Year (2003) by the Pictures of the Year International competition.


Randy Olson with pygmy boys. Photo courtesy of Randy Olson.

One Little Hammer will take you on a journey through Olson’s work and his quest to create photographs that make a difference. “If I don’t go somewhere and find something that’s unexpected,” Olson says, “then I’m not doing my job.”

Being immersed in Olson's work over the past several weeks has been an inspiration. His words and images are enchanting and remind us of the essential role photography plays in our society.

We feel his message is a perfect one to start the new year, and, as fellow storytellers, we think you’ll feel the same way.

Ready to be inspired? When you are, put on your headphones, turn down the lights and enjoy our latest piece: One Little Hammer: Randy Olson.

(Pssst. We'd suggest watching this in fullscreen mode. Just click that little white button on the bottom right.)

Photo (top): Churchgate Railway Station. Mumbai, India. Photo by Randy Olson/National Geographic Creative.