The location for this film is a small London park called Euston
Square which is situated close to the busy centre of the city.
The camera faces south east across the park, in the foreground
there is an expanse of grass surrounded by walkways and luxurious
plain trees. In the middle distance is a junction of the busy
Euston road, trucks busses and commuter traffic surge past halting
only for the traffic lights.
The camera angle remained unchanged throughout but the filming
speed changed according to the wind speed. The camera motor was
driven by an anemometer, a device used to measure wind speed,
the harder the wind blew, the faster the camera motor ran, and
vice versa. If the wind stopped blowing altogether, no images
were recorded, causing a jump cut in the film's continuity.
As a result of this process, cars, buses and pedestrians are
seen in "gusts," the mechanistic rhythm of the traffic
lights no longer dominates the flow of people and traffic. The
motion of the wind breathes new life into the stale tedium of
the London rush hour.
with assistance from the Arts Council of Great Britain.