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New life: A celebration

Collection of inspirational images, films and music that inspire growth, change and new beginnings.

“Our oceans are teeming with life. From the smallest organism living in a rock pool to the largest marine mammal traversing the globe, new life is created every day, and has been for millions of years. For many people around the world, the sea will forever be a source of creation, nourishment and life.”

– Mark Gambino, photographer


In his vision for Boyhood, director Richard Linlaker wanted to create a film about a boy growing up. Shot over 12 years with the same cast, it treats audiences to one incredible human time-lapse as we watch six-year-old Mason grow to 18 years of age before our eyes.

“As the freezing conditions of winter relinquish their dominion over the garden, spring thaws the soil, signalling the dormant tulip bulbs to wake up and display their wares for a brief but colourful few weeks of new life.”

– James Watkins, photographer

We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters

Before the rising sun we fly,

So many roads to choose

We start out walking and learn to run.

And yes, we’ve just begun.

The beautiful lyrics of this 1970 song by The Carpenters were originally written for a California bank commercial, accompanied by a vision of a couple getting married. Encapsulating a sense of adventure and the rosy promise of what awaits in a new life together, it was recorded by The Carpenters and became an instant hit.

Begin Again

A dream move to NYC, the promise of fame and fortune, and a subsequent cross-roads moment when things don’t go as planned. Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Maroon Five’s Adam Levine are the key players in this easy-breezy film revolving around music, fresh starts and the magic of the Big Apple.

“I always feel the start to any new day gives a sense of ‘new life’. Day break is such a spiritual time, full of hope and bathed in the warmest of overflowing sunlight.”

– Kara Rosenlund, photographer 

Feeling Good – Nina Simone

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me,

And I’m feelin’ good

Written for the Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, Feeling Good was recorded by Nina Simone as part of her 1965 album I Put a Spell on You. It’s a soulful, rousing track and when Simone’s magical voice gets under your skin, you do feel like anything in life is possible.

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen’s first printed novel delves into the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne as they contend with the death of their father, the downsize to a distant relative’s modest property, and love and heartbreak. Its enduring theme of starting over is just as true today as in the 19th century.

“I have chosen this baby because as I believe this represents new life both metaphorically and literally.“

– Shawn Dowd, photographer

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