I’ve long held jointly a curiosity and a reluctance about the video feature that most DSLR cameras feature.
What could I do with moving image that explores how it feels to be somewhere in a way that would not only sit comfortably with my still images but help inform each other, is a question I had often wondered.
In 2016 I had an opportunity to experiment while on a shoot in the Marlborough Sounds photographing world famous director of photography Michael Seresin. He’s responsible for films like Harry Potter, Gravity, Lord of the Rings and the list goes on. Quite an intimidating proposition filming a man and his New Zealand home for some off the cuff experiment.
The Waterfall Bay story is an eight minute experiment that, for me, retains some of the calm, mystery and ambiguity that I think are important features of my work. The stillness that resonates when the camera sits perfectly still, allowing the architecture, the life of the space to animate/activate the scene creates a both a captivating and meditative piece.
The result of this technique is a work with a beautiful tension, soft and subtle.
Stare, It is the only way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long. – Walker Evans