“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
— Jonathan Swift
Growing up in North York, Ontario, Desh discovered at a very early age that a life in film and video is what he wanted to pursue. Born in Sri Lanka, he journeyed to Canada at age five. At age ten, Desh stole the family camcorder to shoot his first film. Armed with only his father’s VHS decks and cramped in the living room of his family’s North York apartment, Desh sat for hours developing a fascination for creating narratives with the simple use of an edit. Over time, he became addicted to crafting videos that captured his imaginative vision of reality and learned the thrill of shooting the human experience.
Realizing that his passion for film ran deep, Desh decided to make his obsession into a career. In 2001, he enrolled at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema where he created his first televised film, Lola & Me, which integrated theater,dance, painting, and original music. Given the green light by Bravo! Television and the National Film Board of Canada, Lola & Me premiered in June 2004 and received the Istvan Kantor Award for Innovation.
Desh currently lives in Toronto where he works as a senior editor and camera operator. At Corus Entertainment, Desh has filmed legendary bands such as The Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Lady Antebellum, Johhny Reid, Blue Rodeo and Gord Downie.
In all of his work, Desh is interested in further exploring his favorite pastime, integrating video technology with other elements of multi-media, making the human experience more tangible and accessible to a diverse audience.
My work focuses on capturing a moment in time, whether it's portraiture, lifestyle imagery, or just the perfect light.
Always experimenting with new techniques, I'm equally comfortable with analog and digital technologies, and use both according to the needs of the project.
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