Camera: Nikon Coolpix S8100; Canon Vixia HFS200
Editing: Final Cut Pro X
Sound: Soundcloud (for recording), Final Cut Pro X
It took me a while to make this segment. In the story I originally wrote, after the woman sees a man in the forest, she runs like hell back to her cabin. At some point, she gets a dog, and a rifle, because she is afraid. This segment takes one immediately to the sense of danger and not knowing that the woman feels.
In the story, both she and her dog are aware that they are not alone, and she feels that she has to believe that the man she saw in the forest that day might, in fact, be real. But there is no sign of a human, only the sound of animals, perhaps wolves, outside, near the house. Both she and her dog feel threatened by that.
The most significant component of this movie to me is the sound. In the dark, one’s sense of sound becomes heightened.
There is an old dog next door who barks and whimpers often. He (or she?) has really bad cataracts and doesn’t see very well. It is an outdoor dog for the most part. One night, literally some time past 2 a.m., I recorded the sound of him through a window using Soundcloud. The combination of this with very abstracted visuals seems about right for the feeling of fear that my main character, now with her dog friend, are experiencing each night, after her “sighting.”
After two years the hungry ones knew you were making assumptions.
They came closer and closer, listening for my dreams each night.
They knew about flowers waiting for the wind, insects, hummingbirds, some passerby’s sleeve. The need to touch the earth.
They began their approach, with lust in their hearts, looking to steal.
They understood what was at stake, but their misgivings had diminished.
So much time had passed, and the word had gotten out that you had stopped writing me.
Hmmm. So the thing about doing stuff online is that you publicly experiment. You put up a site, change it, take it down, switch it around, get things to work (or not).
I guess I must really love Tumblr for its clean and simple style, so I created my fourth blog there recently. It’s actually a place for what was forming with my (now “unpublished”) Facebook site “Off The Beaten Path” (now called “Off The Beaten Path. Or, The Aim” on Tumblr instead). Yes, yes, I’m searching… what else is new…
So the purpose behind this latest expression – I’ve been reading Susan Sontag’s On Photography, and it is making me ask all kinds of questions about the camera, what we do with it (both photos and films), why we’re drawn to it, and what people such as Sontag thought and think about that. I’ve added Disqus (though still trying to figure out whether it’s working right) as an additional tool for dialogue, as Tumblr is more like Twitter (what IS it with all these “Ts”) and only really provides a short amount of comment space. I’ve also made this space primarily for artists who work with the camera to remark and have discussions, in addition to suggest subjects for discussion — we had this sort of thing going on iPhoneart.com (IPA) in some manner, till the site made a major change and became something else (a gallery/printmaking shop).
If nothing else, I suppose, this particular blog will be some place to store this sort of information, and that in and of itself, even if it fails as a discussion place, will be a good reference for me to consult when I’m feeling philosophical and/or at sea.
Continuing on the theme of blue… I decided to use the “cyanotype” effect (souped up and marred especially by me after chosen) in Aperture for this one.
Let’s see – me temporarily alone on the right (but not really because I have my secret camera weapon that can shoot deadly rays, if necessary), a guy with a nice bandage on his face to my left, some blurry person passing behind bandaged man to HIS left, a TREMENDOUS amount of liquor bottles in front of us, and up above… up above… well I assume it was some sports event but it looks like a brawl at this point.
I wasn’t sure what photo to use for this amazing news, so I just picked one I took not too long ago while traveling down a street via car, at night, here in LA. It was taken with Hipstamatic Oggl, edited with both Oggl and Monovu, and ended up looking a little like a still from a tinted silent film.
Perhaps I chose my “tinted silent film still” pic for this post because, I’m still at a loss for words, and this news still feels like some kind of illusion, a dream …
For certain, being invited to join the represented artists at LACDA was not something I expected or looked for. It came as a complete surprise.
Alright then, on with the “amazed and at a loss for words” mode…