working and exploring around the world, i am continually drawn deeper into see(k)ing cultural connections - the lines that connect people across vast deserts, unfathomable oceans, the highest mountain ranges, and through thousands of years.
discovering the common ties that bind one culture to another - one human to the other. finding beauty in the great differences - the uniqueness of a place, a landscape, and a life.
looking back from these vibrant epicenters, to the ancient trade routes for silk, amber, spice and incense – in bringing those rare luxuries from east to west – and to the opening of the flow of culture that changed the world.
from trade routes, came crossroads – and sparked by the intermingling of languages, knowledge, craft, arts, religion, and ideas – enriching epicenters of art and culture. from istanbul to damascus, mumbai to kashi, xi’an to jiuquan - and the seaport network from ningbo to suez to venice and rome. the beginning of the global network of trade, the universal language of being human.
immersing in these epicenters of culture, the spark is evident – in every interchange, one to one, the knowledge, care, skill, art – the threads of a people being passed from one generation to another, across continents and civilizations.
from the grand bazaar of istanbul, to the souks of marrakech, the village markets of java to the depato of tokyo, trade is a global language, and the convergence of buyers and sellers is the heartbeat of every city, community, people – and the line of their history, today, and the future.
the global marketplace and the cultural crossroads are a grand weaving of the infinite individual strands of humanity. because of this global fabric, i’ve been on an incredible journey – over 12 years, 5 continents, countless countries – working and exploring places i could never have imagined. the world expands, the farther you travel, the deeper you explore, the more you see(k).