[Ami:] My name is Ami Vitale and I'm a photographer and filmmaker with National Geographic.
[John:] Hi, I'm John Stanmeyer and I'm a photographer with National Geographic.
[Ami:] I have been covering stories about the environment, about people, and finding solutions to the challenges that we face today. I think photography and visual storytelling is a very powerful way to communicate and it does transcend languages.
[John:] The narratives that I do cover – not a very wide range, but social issues… primarily issues that bind and connect all of us together as humans. Kindness knows every language and that's photography; photography knows every language that has ever been spoken and that will ever be spoken.
[Ami:] So I'm here for the Life is Lived project in China, and I'm trying to shine a light on all the things that unite and connect us.
[John:] One young girl or one young boy looks at a photograph that took them some place, that inspired them to, you know, feel something about themselves and become curious, and to wonder and go experience it. It's like music! It's a symphony that plays out in our head when we see a whole slide show of the imagination. And now more than ever, this act of communication, photography, film, plays such an important role that binds us all together.
[Ami:] We all have a voice. Human beings have so many similarities. We all want the same things in life. And showing us those things that connect us, I think are really important, and those are the stories I want to find. They're everywhere.