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

into abstraction | all the days are long | a we’ve come so far remix | a place of subtle nuance


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In life it seems, at times, that all the days are long. Caught in-between work, play, dreams, and aspirations. Those days can take the form of too many hours worked, too many hours away from home and loved ones, or too many memories and missed opportunities–taxing, struggling, pushing forward day after day. Sometimes we get a moment of reprieve; a day at the beach, a solitary place in time and space, the joining together of friends, family, and loved ones, or a beautiful hike on the summit of a mountain. Subtle nuances all converging in daily life, testing our resolve, our purpose, or giving pleasure and peace to our efforts.

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11 responses

  1. elmediat

    Reblogged this on Implied Spaces and commented:
    Walter Smith, a fellow blogger and very talented video artist, creates work that definitely explore the Implied Spaces of memory, time, the environment, and the emotions. His work also explores the Implied Spaces of new mass media art forms. His “into abstraction” series is an excellent example of this work and this particular art video is superb. Make sure to watch in high definition.

    When watching this piece, keep in mind the concept of line of flight (French: ligne de fuite). This concept was developed by Gilles Deleuze and used extensively in his work with Félix Guattari. Translator Brian Massumi notes that in French, “Fuite covers not only the act of fleeing or eluding but also flowing, leaking, and disappearing into the distance (the vanishing point in a painting is a point de fuite). Walter expresses this in both visual and emotional terms in the progression of the art video’s narrative.

    Note: The line of flight is another aspect of Implied Space.

    March 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    • Thank you Joseph for reblogging this piece. It is one of my favorites, because it expresses your exact sentiments. And it does fit in perfectly with the concept of “Implied Spaces”. I have never heard of ligne de fuite. What a wonderful concept. And much of my work is about “disappearing”, or memories, as well as time and space. Both as physical reality and emotional ambiguity. Once again, thanks so much for the reblog.

      March 9, 2015 at 1:23 am

      • elmediat

        Most welcome Walter. So glad that some of the others dropped by and commented. This is what the blogging community should do – share ideas and spark creative expression. 🙂

        Suzanne got me started on the concept of ligne de fuite with one of her posts and that triggered a post of my own. When I saw the video it just clicked and came together. Take care.

        March 9, 2015 at 2:52 am

  2. Suzanne

    I enjoyed this video and the ideas you have expressed here. In weird synchronicity I am also working with ideas surrounding abstract photography this week as I prepare a guest blogger piece (and photo challenge) for https://bopaula.wordpress.com/

    March 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    • Thank you Suzanne. I appreciate the comments. Check out my latest two videos “Form and Void” and “Form and Memories.” They both progress the title theme of “Into Abstraction” into a pure abstract expression. I will stop by your blog and see what you are up to.

      March 9, 2015 at 1:29 am

  3. ~meredith

    wow. life flashes.

    March 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    • Thanks for stopping Meredith. And liking the work.

      March 9, 2015 at 1:30 am

      • ~meredith

        I was very moved; as were the people who got an in house showing–and they were moved, also. best wishes.

        March 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  4. Thankyou, this video opens possibilities for me, very helpful, and a beautiful piece of work.

    March 9, 2015 at 12:56 am

    • Mr. Xraypics (what a great name). Thanks for the positive props on the video. Will check out your blog.

      March 9, 2015 at 1:33 am

      • That would be great, I’m just starting animation using Flash and After Effects and struggling a little with concepts. Your work is inspiring. Hope you like my pics. Cheers.

        March 9, 2015 at 3:02 am

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