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

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out to sea

out to sea


a place we left

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the density of life, sometimes

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Lake Conestee, May 27 th 12:35 pm. The sun was bright and beautiful, but there was a heavy sense of density about.


so full of life, sometimes

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Lake Conestee in Mauldin, South Carolina on May 27th @ 12:30 pm. A quiet place to reflect on the fullness of life, sometimes.


into recollection | form and forever

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The memories behind you, impermanence, transcending the mundane, and a long forever.

It has been a while since I posted here on n e w d i g i t a l s c a p e s. And although I have not participated in this creative community as of late, I hope now to find the space that brings me back to sharing my prose, poetry, and art. I am not sure where the time goes anymore. A few years back, in another time of my life, I was very progressive in my blogging and interacting with fellow artists and writers. Sometimes I ask myself where did I find the time for such a committment. But as I pen this post, there are still no concrete answers to that question that I can fully embrace.

I completed this piece entitled “Into Recollection | Form and Forever” late last year. I wanted to create a piece for submission to film festivals in the “experimental art” (short film) category that was rather long in length (30 or 40 minutes are the usual short film limits). My films are often a collection of remixes from previous work, while simultaneously searching how to create and convey an entirely new vision. In this film is the continuation of my major artistic themes i.e. visual abstraction, dreams, memory attachments, ambiguity, and personal experience. It indulges in all these concepts, while supporting creative visualization and newly composed musical ambient themes.

Again, the film is rather long @ just over 29 minutes (and no dialogue), but it does flow quite well through its various segments. Enjoy.


images for android phones | a spiral inward | prelude to form and data

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We can only be who we are, and at one point that has to be enough.

In delineated dreams, we search for that which is truly us. And find that we are only ourselves ….

Today I continued to work on my latest video piece entitled Into Abstraction | Form and Data. Hence, the mention of it as a prelude in this post. In the creative process there seems to be a continuing presence of form and the collection of data. Form and data that can be found in the complexity of thought, inspiration, and imagination. It propels us and shapes our day around it. Almost as if it has a will of its own. As it most certainly does: Shaping beauty from the shadows of our subconscious and giving light to our conscious ambitions, ideas, ambiguities, and dreams.


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.


into abstraction | a better place


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Sometimes in the waking the reality is more pressing than the dream. And the search for “a better place” takes me inside the abstract. It seems that for only a moment, when art becomes a reality, that I am free from the stress and trials of life. When burden by the complexity of life, I long for escape: Into the abstract. Into the meaning of what it is to be alive. To delineate the constraints of the mundane. To have passion. It is here, in the expression and story of my life through the process of creativity, that I encounter that which gives me any measurable sense of peace and self-awareness.

“Into Abstraction | A Better Place (a viable nuance remix)” continues the theme of the smallest of nuances being the focal point. Within those nuances, the layering of sound and imagery are explored through the digital process. Each film builds upon the vision and nuances of the previous films.


into abstraction | nuances – extended video remix | an abstract thought becomes reality


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Nuances, the extended video remix is a further working towards the abstract in form and complexity. Each element of the video is explored through various micro-tonal nuances via add-on effects. Through this process, I am gaining insight into the various visual options I have via the software and how to implement them to create a visual cohesive construct. The variations seem infinite indeed. Again I am using both my own film and stock film together. Musically I am continuing the theme of electronic ambience, through the use of sound samples, field recordings and piano phases. As I explore the makings of sound for my films, I will be utilizing various sound effects and recording techniques in the process. Slowly things will evolve, as the learning curve for both the visual and aural elements are investigated, manipulated and constructed.


into abstraction | nuances


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This is the first film of 2015 in my new series entitled: “Into Abstraction”. The piece is called “Nuances”. It is a short multi-layered video and electronic soundscapes. As the series implies, the idea is to progress towards a state of abstraction both psychologically and visually: An inward emotional journey; full of delineated thoughts, complex constructs and fused memories. Although this piece contains figurative images and landscapes, it is the nuances of the film that contain elements of the abstract. I hope to slowly evolve through the series to a more definitive state of abstraction. It is true that I often merge, both surrealism and the abstract to create my visual themes. I also will be experimenting to the best of my ability to create beautiful and challenging electronic soundscapes, full of sampled ambient drone, field recordings, glitch/IDM, and thematic sounds.