fall into winter

This fall into winter video is part two of the poetic and the pandemic.

From September until the end of December 2020, I continued to go out text walking in local neighbourhoods and with the material I gathered on those walks I wrote a series of short poems. And eventually those poems made their way into this video piece.

In part one of the poetic and the pandemic, the short poems were haiku (or my version of haiku) but as the pandemic carried on and as the imposed restrictions grew, it helped me to loosen the parameters I had set for myself, as I carried on with this project. And this extra bit of spaciousness, in terms of how I would approach the project over these months, made it possible to keep working.

(January 29th, 2021)

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In this version of the video, the short poems have also been added as lines of written text. So audio, photographic images, and written lines now share the space of fall into winter.

Earlier I had played around with trying to add closed captions to the video but I really didn’t like the way those captions were layered or the way they felt with the piece. Still, I wanted to try and find a way to add the visible text for the poems, for those who needed it or wanted it.

It’s been interesting for me to play around with versions of this video. The editing/building process has felt kind of like a dance at times – always there are nuances felt in the body, as decisions are made (intuitively; rationally; led by challenges or by the parameters I set out for myself, or by changing circumstances). 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, for future projects. As always, the process of creating is a learning process, and one which I am so thankful for.

(February 24th, 2021)

2 thoughts on “fall into winter”

  1. Another beautiful piece, Baco! Thank you for sharing this with us. I found the transition of emotions from September to yum in December very nicely placed. We need more of these! Can I subscribe to your page so that I know when you post again? I have to listen to this piece again as I loved the ‘o happy’ poem, esp. the last ‘could be’ line and telegraph the stars.

  2. THANK YOU Sukh.

    I’m glad you enjoyed some of the poems and phrasing. Since during the pandemic I’ve been sticking pretty close to home, I’m often walking some of the same streets, even if my routes might change. Still the streets continue to surprise and delight me. My neighbourhood walks don’t always end up leading to a poem but I’m always amazed when they do.

    About subscriptions: no, sorry, I don’t use this kind of function on my website. I’ve considered it in the past when others have asked, but in the end I decided not to use it. Perhaps because I prefer this space to function a bit like a studio, where a friend or even someone I don’t know can pop by for a visit, and roam around for awhile if they wish. Too bad I can’t offer a cup of tea or coffee when you visit here (on this website I mean). That would be great, if I could.

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