The challenge: “Create a short, one shot, no edit, no post production (color correction/effects) video.”
This short video was filmed at the Ithaca Famers’ Market in the early morning of a beautiful autumn day.
What you see is straight from the camera without any editing for color, stabilization, or time. The artist statement is as follows:
We find ourselves surrounded by an unpredictable yet highly connected environments. Pervasive as the ideology may be in philosophical discourse, there remains novelty in the truism that all that is nature is connected and all that is connected is nature. In this work, I wish to engage this notion while at the mercy of the very environment which we connect with.
Being aware of these connections and being present within society can make a large difference while exploring the ways in which we are – as one – connected and intertwined. The ways in which one can explore this may be uncomfortable. It may require being quiet, listening, or otherwise being presently aware. Finding the inspiration to feel connected and thus be connected is an awareness that is innate to us all but does not necessarily come easy.
In this video, the sights, sounds, interactions, encounters, and interruptions appear, in person, disjointed. However, when framed and viewed through a lens, the connections become ever present as each facet of the environment becomes intertwined. It is this spontaneous moment of genuine, connected nature that I find grace within my work.
With that said, I absolutely loved the challenge that such a film presents! From the undesired, but present image shakes to the unintentional interactions with those around us at the market, such a piece clearly is at the mercy to the unpredictable environment.
Future films will, more than likely, benefit from a greater ability to control the environment, actors, and equipment – but, for what it is worth, the innocence of the moments captured within this short video speak loudly in a voice entirely of its own kind. As I mention in my statement, this voice has a subtle tone of grace and innocence with overtones of exploration and curiosity.
For that, I am extremely pleased with the outcome of a project I approached with so little certainty but so much optimism!
Hope you enjoy!