words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Images For HD Video: An Unfolding Night Next To You (A Scattered Storm Remix)

The night holds many mysteries when time stands still….

she remains transfixed
trapped in summer's night
contemplating the approaching storm

Searching for chance in the process of creating art.

Within the context of my digital and video work, the objective is to find visual ambient experiences. The process at times, is a stationary camera. Post-production: Unedited film, or with very minimal post editing and digital effects. With this piece, I altered the color tonality. The difficulty in the piece was balancing the black sky, now slightly colorized, while maintaining a brightness/contrast without compromising the visibility of the lightning strikes.

Art can be discovered by random chance.

An Unfolding Night Next To You is the first in a series of new HD experimental video work-in-progress. Some years ago, my first exploration of the still camera and chance recording was an hour-long piece entitled Oceans of Art. This 2012 video was filmed during a late night drive on HWY 221 in South Carolina through a scattered rain storm. Darkness, lightning strikes, pressing rain, and the headlights of passing cars all merge with the music of sound design artist, and master of glitch Alva Noto, creating an eerie journey into meditative abstraction. Rain drops falling on the window shield create a mosaic of pixel forms. These forms are constantly moving and manipulating the video. While sporadic lightning strikes fill the night sky. Patience is in order to gather the full ambient feeling of the piece. Things are there.

Recommended viewing: In a very dark room by single candle light.

http://youtu.be/-KKafg4qoaQ   –  Copyright 2012 – Walter Smith

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2 responses

  1. I just noticed your viewing recommendation after visit watching the piece.
    What an ambience!

    July 7, 2012 at 3:04 am

    • Thanks Barbara. I am glad you stopped by and took the time check out the video. I am attempting to challenge the way I find subject matter and the processing of the image. Concepturalization and ambience is what I hope to find.

      July 7, 2012 at 7:56 am

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