Hello everyone — I am so honoured to be guest hosting the CSC Instagram until the end of February.
Thank you Carolyn Wong @416cw
for inviting me to share some highlights from my 25 year journey in filmmaking in this forum. Thank you @ahmadalmorsy
for sharing your incredible work with us over the last 2 weeks. I am so inspired by the images and stories of my fellow cinematographers and am grateful to share this space among them.
In high school, I bought my first camera (a Pentax K-1000) and spent many hours developing photos under the red light of a dark room — it was my creative sanctuary. In university, I studied English Linguistics and Fine Arts and put these interests together as a photojournalist working for campus and community newspapers. .
As a photojournalist, I was trying to freeze time and convey my story in a solitary photograph. As I began to study cinematography, I realized the power of moving pictures to capture so much more — there were still words and characters, but now the camera could also move through space and occupy time — it was so liberating — like discovering the 4th dimension !!.
Film is such a profound mover of feelings and it can inspire action and shift people’s perspectives beyond boundaries of race and culture and language and nationality — and the reason is simple — cinematography is agnostic.
Moving pictures are the building blocks of a universal vocabulary that transcends oral or written language — seeing a crane shot or a 50-50 two-shot or a slow dolly push into a CU — all of these images convey the same emotional impact to us whether the subjects are speaking Russian, Mandarin, Finnish or Korean — and that’s why I love our profession.
I shoot both dramas and documentaries — for me one feeds the other. My work on documentaries is grounded firmly in the film aesthetic and my dramatic work embraces honest performances where the camera is engaged in an intimate dance with the actors.
Looking forward to sharing with you —