“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”



     “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…