This fall into winter video is part two of the poetic and the pandemic project.
From September until the end of December 2020, I continued to go out text walking in local neighbourhoods and with the material gathered on those walks I wrote a series of short poems. In part one of the poetic and the pandemic, the short poems were haiku. However, as the pandemic carried on and as the imposed restrictions grew, I felt the need to loosen the parameters I set for this project and for myself.
The months of working on this piece were challenging, because of the pandemic of course, but also in other ways. Maybe at a future time, I’ll come back to this website and share more about what the past five months were like for me and my creative process.
(January 29th, 2021)
Earlier I tried adding closed captions to this video because I wanted to find a way for the short poems to be visibly present as written lines of text, for those who needed it or wanted it. But the closed captions just didn’t feel right with this piece and initially fall into winter was posted without the added layer of the written poems.
I continued to play with the video however, trying out various ways of adding visible lines of text. Now, in this version of the video – photographic images, my voice, and the written lines of the short poems together share the space of fall into winter.
It’s been interesting for me to play around with versions of this video. The editing/building process has felt at times, kind of like a dance – always there are nuances felt in the body, as decisions are made (intuitively; rationally; led by challenges and by the parameters I set out for myself, or by the continually changing circumstances in which we live and work). The addition of written text definitely changes the experience of the piece, and these shifts in experience have given me more to ponder and to consider as I carry on. As always, the process of creating has been a learning process, and one which I am so thankful for.
(February 24th, 2021)