Bev ‘D’ – dredger at Lydney Harbour – a poetic machine in action

My latest film, Bev ‘D’ at Lydney Harbour, has been a slow burner, having done part of the filming before Christmas 2020 and the other in the new year of 2021. It catches a very particular moment in time, dictated by hight tides. Like most of my films, it features the River Severn, but looksContinue reading “Bev ‘D’ – dredger at Lydney Harbour – a poetic machine in action”

New film – Bev ‘D’ Lydney Harbour – a dredger in motion

NEW FILM 2021 – BEV ‘D’ LYDNEY HARBOUR A visual poem, the film has a dreamlike quality, shot at dusk and dawn, when the light shifted softly. A commissioned soundtrack by composer Andrew Heath captures the tone of the activity perfectly. Lydney Harbour hasn’t been dredged for over twenty years. Bev D was filmed thereContinue reading “New film – Bev ‘D’ Lydney Harbour – a dredger in motion”

When You Call I Shall Come film – one year on

It is nearly a year since I filmed the footage of the Spring Bore at the start of the covid19 pandemic. There were no surfers, few other viewers. Just me and the Severn. It was very poignant, a privilege. Next week I shall film again, haunted by the memory of that unique moment in time.Continue reading “When You Call I Shall Come film – one year on”

Visioning in a pandemic

staring into white spacewaitingi see a circlein the skystart to emergethen fade awayi’m watchingslow breathingthe whitenessblocking my ability to thinkthe tide coming inand going outthings float across my visionmy eye keeps returningto the whiteand the yellowoh so slightlyyellow circlethat i keep thinkingi can seebut then can’tbirds call in the dawngetting louder with hopefor a newContinue reading “Visioning in a pandemic”

2021 Steps From Home – Walking the Land

Friday 1st January 2021- First Friday Walk The prompt text from the ‘Walking the Land‘ team: A few paragraphs of text from Thomas A Clark’s ‘In Praise of Walking’: ‘A rock outcrop, a hedge, a fallen tree, anything that turns us outof our way, is an excellent thing on a walk.Wrong turnings, doubling back, pauses andContinue reading “2021 Steps From Home – Walking the Land”

Everyone, everywhere, every-time – on the ownership of creative work, land and river

During lockdown I, like many others, have been doing more thinking than usual. I’ve read new books, experimented with different cooking, making art, trying out new apps and podcasts, basically allowing myself to explore things I was not looking at before. That includes ways to distract myself from feeling anxious. Today, before I got outContinue reading “Everyone, everywhere, every-time – on the ownership of creative work, land and river”

‘between’ a new film on a day of conflicts and tensions

Today is an in-between day In the USA the left and the right fight it out (literally it appears); in the UK we await our 2nd lockdown tomorrow; autumn sunshine – winter chill Neither here nor there The River Severn continues to flow Soon what is in front of us, will be behind us It’sContinue reading “‘between’ a new film on a day of conflicts and tensions”

THE ACT OF TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH IS AN ACT OF LOVE

In 2005 the artist Phil Collins spoke at a conference at Bristol Zoo, run by Claire Doherty of Situations. He said that historically some believed a camera could take the steal of a person, but he, personally, felt the act of taking a photograph is an act of love. That comment is core to thisContinue reading “THE ACT OF TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH IS AN ACT OF LOVE”

Swings and Films – exhibitions

Recently I have spotted swings being hung from trees around the local area, the Forest of Dean. They have signs near them encouraging users to enjoy themselves, it appears to be a guerrilla-style action with no name. I love it. Prior to their arrival, I too had developed a relationship with a swing next toContinue reading “Swings and Films – exhibitions”