Some ideas can take forever to be made – but eventually they are!
Back in April, during our Easter break, I went out to quite a lot walks in Allesley village, it was practically closer to where I used to live than Coventry city centre – so I was out in the nature quite often. I usually had my camera with me, and took loads of photos. It was spring, everything was fresh and beautiful, lots of colourful flowers and pretty much a macro photographer’s dream…
Here are some of the best images I took back then:
While I was out taking pictures, I had this idea to create a stop-motion piece – so I made series of 3 and more, moved around and took lots of similar pictures around a small area, moving from flower to flower, and trying to capture the change in position.
Also, a few months ago I had come across a sound + photography experiment which was quite inspiring, and I always had it in my head, trying to find a way to do something similar:
So a few weeks ago, I came across the folders with images I had collected back then, and really felt like finally making this experiment. Here is the final video I created:
The music used is ‘Not Sensitive’ by Moby – available from mobygratis.com. I actually went through the request process, and was granted a license to use the track.
For the photography / editing part, I was importing the photos in folders / bins, then putting them all in separate sequences – and including these sequences in the main timeline. I didn’t bother with importing them with such and such ‘frame rate’ – I just sped them up until I got the visual feeling I was looking for. The process took surprisingly little time. I think it also had to do with my preparation and file management – all the media files were in their respective folders, sorted by theme and subject – so it was literally just a question of importing them and setting the speed.
I think the more interesting part of this production was the TV set bit – where the seemingly dead TV on the street suddenly becomes ‘alive’. In order to do this, I opened the TV photo in Photoshop, selected the screen area and changed its colour to bright green – then in the editing stage, I used the Color key filter in Premiere to key it out and see the flowers sequence beneath it. The movement was a bit of a pain, lots of trial and error with key frames, but I think the result is good enough.
I got some nice feedback for the video – that exactly because it was made with no clear purpose or brief (it was just a creative expression), and it had this unpolished look, it was able to ‘speak to’ the viewer, awake an emotional response to it and make them feel good. I thought it was a bit melancholic, and was actually surprised when people came back to me saying ‘it feels very optimistic’. I guess without realising it, I was able to make something weird and wonderful.