We travel always with our two-year-old son Axel, and I sought to capture the cacophony of sights and sounds through his eyes. A perspective that does not yet feel the need to label, nor use any cultural or historical filter when visiting a new place. Simply nothing more than to see, taste, smell, hear and touch the world as it unfolds in front of him.
Nag is a young Hmong girl that lives and works in Luang Prabang, Laos. Follow along as Nag prepares with her family and friends to attend Hmong New Year. As traditional Hmong villages are small and the majority of the year is dedicated to the planting, care, and harvest of rice, this significantly slims ones chances of finding a partner. Hence the importance of the Hmong New Year, a celebration of the end of harvest-thus, the beginning of a new year-a giving of thanks so that a new life may begin. Also, a chance for young Hmong to find love.
LAYERS. Buffalo dung to perfection. Ounheuane, the one true lacquer-man in Laos, takes us along through his workshop in Luang Prabang as he strives to revive the ancient tradition of Lao-style lacquerware, layer upon layer added until achieving perfection.
A visual representation of my life between the ages of 22 and 34. Slow it down. Slow it down...
Self. What is self? When you look into a mirror what do you see? As Joseph Campbell says, "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. The heroic life is living the individual adventure. There is no security in following the call to adventure. Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be. Breaking out is following your bliss pattern, quitting the old place, starting your hero journey. You throw off yesterday as the snake sheds its skin. Follow your bliss."
Whispered Faith There is a hushed, whispered faith that breathes from the heart and rises with incense in a wistful dance to be consumed by the passing breeze. What does faith mean to you? Is it something you do because your parents did? Is it a path you’ve come about on your own? Is faith going to save you from something? Are you only faithful in times of despair? I filmed this at about midnight, while sitting for one hour at the Erawan Shrine, a popular Hindu shrine in Bangkok that is awash in the faithful twenty four hours a day.
Creativity. Play. Freedom. In a village in northern Laos I came upon this group of kids using bamboo poles to vault themselves amongst large sections of tree trunks.