sovereign soil..

..a film by David Curtis, National Film Board of Canada 2019

It’s rather rare that I recommend good films to people anymore.

Like poetry and pictures, important films arrive often unexpectedly as simply another piece of un-asked-for entertainment clutter in our already messy lives.

However, every once and a while, something incredibly special comes along.

I’ve mentioned my profound passion for life on the edge of the Boreal Forest. Stretching from Alaska to Newfoundland, our entire country and it’s inhabitants have huddled alongside this wilderness  since the end of the fourteen hundreds.

Nearly five hundred years and the premis is still the same.

Every aspect of this film appears relentlessly familiar to me. The intensity of the wild. The incessant press of the weather. The trials and vibrant joy of being alive.

If you have ever wondered? I’d suggest you take a look.


Camera obscura..

There was a time that photography was an individual struggle with light and matter.

Nicéphore Niépce, William Henry Fox Talbot, Frederick Scott Archer, Theodore Lilianthal, Louis Daguerre. Heros in their own right. Their sophisticated and often fascinating experiments would permanently change our relationship with the world.

From the first time I saw the “view from the window at Le Gras” I was deeply affected by the obscure and profound attempts these giants made at trying to bridge our realms of understanding, awareness and possibilty. For me, they never get old. Deeply personal and deeply committed. Purposeful fumblings in the dark that would underpin an age that has since again been completely lost. Only their shadows, fixed on paper and glass remain.