I’m grateful for this year.
I have a loving family to start with.
I’m also blessed to be doing rewarding “work” — or as philosopher Alan Watts rightfully calls it — “play”.
I play a lot with media production gear and cutting edge technology, but the fulfillment I get from my work has little to do with cameras, digital gadgets, and editing software.
It has everything to do with the people I collaborate with.
To quote Marshall McLuhan: “media is the extension of man”.
More than ever through 2016, I realized how much my work was about helping humans connect with each other, and share their emotions.
Media bridges these connections through time and space. I believe people like me walk this earth to ease this process, interpret the information and nurture the content.
This year was the greatest. My endeavors led me to extraordinary people in so many inspiring places.
I had the opportunity to set foot in venues like Le Cirque du Soleil in Montréal, Sid Lee Toronto, a wood shop in northern Ontario, a forensics lab in Ottawa, city streets, technology summits, coffee shops, small businesses, schools, and a few planes — including that near miss with a suspected drone over Lake Ontario!
I met entrepreneurs, artists, police officers, a woodworker, a former spy, a doctor, Syrian refugees, international students from Germany, Vietnam and Congo, investment bankers, social workers, parents, advertising gurus, lawyers, young singers, athletes, designers, voice over talents, many passionate educators and technopedagogues.
I captured their stories, I learned, and made new friends.
I also lost a friend, a collaborator, and a mentor. Paul Demers and I worked (played) together extensively over a decade, including most of the recording of his last music album. Fortunately, I had the chance to capture images and interviews of Paul for a documentary film about his life, weeks before he passed away.
Losing Paul to cancer while absorbing hours of his life stories, made me realize how much I want to cherish these human relations more than ever. Everyone has a story to tell. I crave to know these stories, as they can be shared for everyone to grow.
Those with whom we create projects, art and memories aren’t there for ever. This year granted me the renewed perspective on why it is so important to eternalize those moments of human connections.
For this, I say thank you.