Sunday, June 12, 2011

From Tahiti with Love

As I start writing this blog, I feel completely inadequate to even begin to convey/share what this trip meant to me... With that in mind, here is an attempt at it.

To start off this entry, here is the video I made on the experience, hopefully it will help paint a better picture of the experience, even though I really don't believe it still does the people of Tahiti justice.

In just the two weeks I was in Tahiti, my entire perception of people changed. COMPLETELY! I will always look at those two weeks as a very strong turning point in my life/career when "the bigger picture" came much more into play.

I think generally when people think of Tahiti, or any island for that matter, they assume that it is just a vacation on the beach... HOWEVER, if this is what you go there for, you have completely missed something SO MUCH STRONGER of an experience, and that is the people!

The people of Tahiti, I will forever love. They have left a permanent imprint on my heart, and knowing what I know now about the love they had towards me... my life will never be the same. And of coarse, for the better!

As we were leaving Tahiti, one of the people I was with, Nikki Mozo, we were talking about the whole experience, and she said something to me that I had never had someone put into words. And as simple as it sounds... It is 100 percent TRUE!!!

As we were talking about what made the people of Tahiti different then anyone else we had met, it kept on coming up about how genuine these people were. Nikki shared the idea that the only true way that someone shows love is when they do things out of complete inconvenience, and with no motivation but to help the person in which they drop everything for. It doesn't sound very profound the way I wrote it, but the way Nikki worded it, it was for sure one of the most profound things I've ever heard :)

For me this summed up completely the love I had personally felt by the people in Tahiti.

For example, when we were leaving at the airport, the family we had stayed with the first week, the Tautu family.. they lived on the complete opposite side of the island... And not only did they not have a car, but they didn't have access to borrow a car to wave us goodbye. So what they did was use the little money that they did have, and get a rental car. They did all of this just to wave goodbye to us at the airport, and hug us goodbye.

PLEASE keep in mind that neither of us spoke a common language, we spoke English and they spoke French and Tahitian. So everything we did was based off of body language.

At the end of every day staying with the Tautu family, the father would come sit next to me as I uploaded all my photos/videos to my laptop. He would just sit there with the biggest smile on his face, and observe me. Even though we didn't speak once again a universal language, by his body language alone I could sense something much great. A sincere love, a love that I really have never felt by just meeting someone for a couple days.

I'll never forget the gentle smile of the father, of there family, whenever I saw them.

I think we as humans generally want to be loved, and with the people of Tahiti, that is something I felt by everyone I came in contact with... Out of all the places in the world I have been, I HAVE NEVER FELT/SENSED that sincere love before. Almost to the point that it even brings you to tears.

There is much more I can say about my experience in Tahiti... I could actually go on and on... but for now, I just wanted to do a blog on the people of Tahiti, and the love I felt from them! They will forever be in my heart! And they will always be considered my Utuafare (family).


  1. That seems like a great place to visit sometime. Great post. :)

  2. Breathtakingly beautiful. Love your pics !

  3. I can´t really tell properly the words which are going in my mind right now in English...because that´s not my language :)

    But, I am very amazed and touched. I just found you on youtube and somehow came to thig blogspot. It´s amazing.
    You travelled so much, you made great videos... you could be so proud of yourself and of your work... and still, I can feel big humility inside of you. Humility when you consider others before you consider yourself... :) amazing.

    Wow. I even can´t explain how do I feel. But great! :)
    I am sure, that people from Tahiti, your Utuafare, already miss you a lot.
    You´ve got a big heart and I am sure, that there is space for lots of people in it.

    Take care, Ivona.

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  4. Loved the post. Many great truths there!

    I Loved the music, it made the whole video SO inspirational! I want to get that song.

    I would have loved to have been able to see you film these scenes. So many questions! Maybe you can answer a couple...

    • I asume you have an underwater case for your 5D. Which kind is it, where did you get it, cost, etc. I have a 7D and would love to take some underwater footage...

    • How do you take such smooth shots? There was a scene when you (I assume it was you or someone you were with) were in the wave runner and the whole thing was so smooth... Were you just holding the camera and used stabilization tools from FCP or another program? Did you just ask the guy to go really slow and just sped up the footage? Do tell...

    • A couple of other scenes I loved. On the dock when you are running toward the boy who dives into the water (great shot!) were you running toward him as he jumped out? Did you have the camera on wheels or were you just holding it? If you were just holding it how did you make it so that it would not shake? Same with the shot where the girl was running on that narrow wood pathway toward the end. If I remember it looked like she was running. How did you make it smooth? The shot where you are coming forward from the back of the boat toward the front (another great shot). How did you make it so smooth again?

    • Last question... There was a scene overlooking a mountain where the pan seems to go up. All very smooth. What kind of equipment did you use? I would love to learn your tricks.

    I love making movies. Unfortunately I didn't discover that love until well into my career (or real job). But as an amateur I love making short little films of my family and I think have gotten pretty good but I'd love to learn your tricks!

    email me back at boan at me dot com.

  5. I love your videos! I want to be like you when I grow up!

    I too had the same questions as "Boan". Can you post or email me?

    You rock man!

  6. What a wonderful experience to take home with you and remember for the rest of your life.

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  8. شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة الجوهرة من افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بجدة حيث ان تنظيف خزانات بجدة يحتاج الى مهارة فى كيفية غسيل وتنظيف الخزانات الكبيرة والصغيرة بجدة على ايدى متخصصين فى تنظيف الخزانات بجدة
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