On the Way Series
The development of our series On the Way began during a family trip to Japan in December 2015. Carrying a small camera borrowed from Yumiko, I would take day trips via train to Tokyo and Yokohama and became fascinated by the visual beauty, the stunning architecture, spotless subways, mountainous landscape, and the fashion of everyday people. During the evenings, on the way back to Yumiko’s parents’ home, I would print out the images and thread them into narratives to share with family. Upon returning to Chicago, I developed these stories as the base of a more formal photo-narrative books with a haiku-inspired text. This was the organic impetus for the On the Way series.
Upon completing the book series with my wonderful team at Digital Tapestries, we began creating film montages based on the books to provide an aesthetically multidimensional experience for our audience. On the Way is an short film trilogy. In post-election times, the film series aims to provide viewers with reflective visual and poetic meditations upon the diverse and interconnected qualities of urban life. We have included originally scored music with the voice of Chicago blues and jazz musician Yoko Noge, whose soulful vocals and creative vision for lyrical interpretation enhanced the message transcending the text.
In his films as well as his clinical therapy practice, Ginsburg integrates the meditation technique of mindfulness with a philosophy of existentialism, the belief that individuals are responsible for creating meaning in their lives. He originally formed a multimedia group, Digital Tapestries, to support his practice with books and films that can be used in a variety of settings, including group therapy and art and educational conferences. All of Digital Tapestries’ productions encourage participants to stretch beyond a surface response to discover their own hidden strengths and capacity for contentment.
Ginsburg’s unique approach is derived from his life experiences. After personally facing depression and the confusion it causes, Ginsburg was inspired to explore artistic ways to engage others in their own personal recovery. By drawing on the years he lived in Japan near Mount Fuji and Tokyo, Ginsburg incorporated Eastern philosophy into his artistic and therapeutic style. With a master’s degree in clinical counseling from the School of Education at DePaul University and a license as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Ginsburg has worked with many immigrants and refugees in his 10 years of experience as a psychotherapist.
A native of Chicago, Ginsburg grew up in a creative environment, including his sculptor mother and many artist friends of the family. He cites Charlie Chaplin as one of his cinematic inspirations.