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Winterscape explores the relationship between form, content and
visual flow in the context of the landscape of the Canadian Rockies.
The visual material includes studies of snow, ice, water, sky and
mountains that play out across a range of scales - from the wide
expanses of the mountain landscapes to the equally rich visual pleasures
of the finer details of snow, rock, ice and water. The white of the
snow captures the play of light and form. The soft texture of snow
and water is at the same time reinforced by the flow of sky and cloud,
and held in sharp counterpoint by the weight and contours of the
mountains themselves. Rivers and waterfalls form an arena for an
ongoing struggle between the lively freedom of the moving water and
the crystalline cage of intricate and delicate ice formations.
Winterscape never hides transition - rather it celebrates it. Each shot change is in fact a subtle series of constant morphs. Fresh individual visual elements from the new shot gradually layer in over the existing shot. This process continues in stages until the transition is complete and the new shot fills the frame. As soon as it is visually complete, the cycle begins again as a newer shot gradually supplants this one. This is an evolution in the fundamental treatment of the moving image. An original and immersive combination of spatial montage and visual current has replaced the standard cinematic conventions of temporal montage. Combined with the natural imagery, this visual flow creates a gentle but inexorable momentum that sutures each visual facet and component within an ongoing and seamless holistic evolution. Subject and technique mutually support this dialectic of connection and change. Landscape, detail, form and transition are fused within an organic unity of space and time.