Six weeks after the crisis I went to volunteer.
I took my camera with the intention of being the eyes and ears for those who could not go themselves – my family, friends, and especially my students.
My original intention before volunteering was to simply have a slideshow of pictures and some video for my students to see. But after 5 days of first-hand experience in Iwate that original intention evolved into TREASURE.
After 5 days of volunteering I came back with so much emotions and experiences I felt I absolutely had to share. It was impossible for me to not share this.
Looking back, TREASURE was the first time I felt, with every ounce of my being, the power of videography.
This was the first time I consciously shot video with the intention of communicating a message, a situation. The first time I internalized the influential power the holder of a camera has – the autonomy to frame any content as one pleases. This brings to mind the saying:
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”
– Ansel Adams
Yesterday my good friend asked me why I like making videos and what kickstarted my passion towards videography. I paused for a while, thinking deeply. Until it dawned on me that TREASURE was indeed what propelled me into videography. It kickstarted my passion for storytelling with a camera.
As my videography career has begun to gain momentum I just wanted to take a second to reflect, to glance over my shoulder at the footprints behind me, to remind myself of the leaps I’ve taken, and to steady my direction for the path ahead.