The Hide. A short film first shown in the solo exhibition, below, the rocks fell into darkness at the Studio Pavilion, Glasgow, May - July 2018. The film was shot on super 16mm digital format. Dur. 9'17"
The film records the passing of time in a wildlife hide on the west coast of Scotland. The hide allows the viewer to look upon the landscape through a long, panoramic viewing aperture. It looks out onto the land and water in a location where time is governed by the inexorable regularity of the tide. It's mid-summer. Oystercatchers, blackbirds, and warblers sing. The wind riffles through leaves, insects hover, and the camera examines the space viewed from the hide, but also of the hide itself. It's a place that is almost a pause in the landscape, a place to view a pause in the landscape. Nothing happens. We just watch and wait.

 

A Darkening. This film slowly examines and explores a landscape. This is a landscape at a point of transition - the transition between day and night, and between one year and the next. It was filmed around Dorlin in Moidart, NW Scotland, during brief periods of calm and stillness at dusk around otherwise stormy, wet weather. The images of the landscape are dark, damp, and held deep in the grip of winter. It is almost silent, other than the brief interjections of a sea eagle and a heron passing overhead. The film is shot on super 16mm digital format. Dur. 4'33". It was first shown in the solo exhibition, below, the rocks fell into darkness at the Studio Pavilion, Glasgow, May - July 2018.

 

The following short film documents the making of a collaborative photographic work between Lesley Punton & Jim Hamlyn - Schiehallion. They climbed to the summit of Schiehallion at midsummer where they made two pinhole photographs which documented the duration of the shortest night. One image pointed North, the other South. In many ways, the process of making - walking, sleeping on the mountain - is just as important as the resulting end images.