Having had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, like TV spots for the Grey Cup, Toronto Tourism, CBC and CTV Television series the past year has been coloured by a certain frenetic excitement. I found myself pulled in new directions, and grew from the challenges I encountered. However, I won't deny that the obligations to such projects left my passion waning. The eagerness I felt before began to fade, so I abandoned my apartment, and all the furniture that made it home, to set out on an adventure through East Asia.

Like my plans for the trip, Trading Nirvana made itself up as I went along. I focused on shooting interesting situations, and tried to allow each scene to tell its own story rather than conforming to something preconceived. The result is a collection of meaningful experiences that give a different perspective on everyday situations. I augmented the shots by playing them both backwards and forwards, sped up and slowed down.

Most of these scenes take place in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China. There is something sweet and sour; beautiful and melancholic, about what I witnessed. I want to share that with everyone. I still haven't fully grasped what I want to do with all of the footage I've compiled, so this is the first of the series. Thanks for watching.

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