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)