“To be able to put oneself in another’s shoes without prejudgment is an essential skill. Empathy comes when you understand something deeply through arts and literature and can thus make unexpected connections. These parallels bring you closer to things that would otherwise seem far away. Empathy is the ultimate quality that acknowledges our identity as members of one human family.”

Yo-Yo Ma, “Behind The Cello”

「先走った判断をすることなしに、他人の立場に身を置いて考えられるということ。これは必要不可欠な能力のひとつだ。共感は、芸術や文学を通じて何かを深く理解し、それによって、これまで思ってもみなかったような物事や人につながりを感じたときにやってくる。そうして何かしら自分との類似点を見いだすことによって、一見とてもかけ離れているように思える人や物事に、自分を近づけるのだ。共感という能力は人間の最も根本的な属性であり、それによってこそ私たちは、自分は人類という大きな家族の一員なのだと感じることができるのだ。」

ヨーヨー・マ、「チェロの後ろで」

     “By walking, I am forced to slow down. The world blurs and flattens with speed. On foot there is clarity”

– Paul Salopek, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Training walk, Jan 5th, 2014

Walking in a blizzard and the day before the record setting low temperature. Highway 446 right outside of Bloomington, Indiana. This footage is a 35-minute excerpt from a 1.5 hour walk. I didn’t get the chest mount to work when I filmed this. Ended up holding the camera with bare hands the whole way. I…

Stills from Kora

In many ways, “Behind The Waves” is a continuation of “Kora”, A project based on first person perspective and a pilgrimage. Kora is both a type of pilgrimage and a type of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Kora is performed by making a walking circumambulation around a temple, stupa, or other sacred site. Kora…

Saga Dawa

Excerpt from 55 minutes total footage. The footage depicts an incense burning ceremony during Saga Dawa, the most important Buddhist festival in Tibet. Kailash (崗仁波切峰), the holy mountain, comes in view frequently throughout the video. The presence of police and military personnel provides a grim backdrop for the current political condition in the region. The…