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
I have long felt both a sense of curiosity and a certain reluctance about the video feature that most DSLR cameras offer. How could I use moving image to explore how it feel to be somewhere in a way that would not just sit comfortably with my still images but also help them inform each other?
In 2016, while on a shoot in the Marlborough Sounds photographing Michael Seresin, world famous director of photography, I had an extraordinary chance to experiment. It was a most exciting and at the same time intimidating proposition to film the man whose work includes films like Harry Potter, Gravity, Lord of the Rings and his unique New Zealand home.
The result was Waterfall Bay House, an eight-minute-long piece which retains the calm, mystery and ambiguity that I feel are such important features of my work. A certain stillness resonates when the motionlessness camera allows the architecture—the vital force of the space—to bring the scene to life. This technique creates both a captivating and meditative work, soft, subtle and full of beautiful tension that, I hope you agree, is palpable in all my moving image work.