Estuary was made during the three weeks between December
17th 1979 and January 6th 1980. The film was shot from a small
cabin boat moored near the mouth of the Keyhaven River. This
is a place known to me since my childhood and the location for
several paintings, films, and photographic pieces.
The camera was fixed relative to the motion of the boat as it
responded to the action of wind and tide. This resulted in the
intermittent scanning of 360 degrees about the central axis provided
by the mooring, and a periodic vertical motion of about eight
feet due to the rise and fall of the tide. A four second section
of the film was exposed every fifteen minutes between dawn and
dusk. The "takes" themselves emphasise the variations
in movement of the boat as it swung to and fro on its mooring.
Changes of light and weather conditions, fluctuations in the
height of the tide, and sudden changes in wind direction are
accentuated by the intervals of these "takes." Sound
was recorded in the same way, and has been subsequently "cut" to
respond to the picture track. The result of this procedure is
a film which not only records the changes in light and weather
over a period of three weeks, but also, in a very direct way,
the interaction between the forces of winds and tide.
Made with assistance from the Arts Council of Great