This film was shot in a small, sheltered bay on the Pembrokeshire
coast of Wales. The bay is bound by cliffs on two sides, has
gently sloping fields to the south, and faces north towards the
turbulent Irish sea.
The tripod was placed at an angle of 60 degrees to the horizontal
plane midway between the two sides of the bay and at the water's
edge. The camera panned through 360 degrees, stopping every 45
degrees to take a predetermined number of frames. The shooting
speed was one frame per second.
The first half of the film was shot from the high tide line.
During the first 360 degree pan one frame was taken in each of
the predetermined 45-degree angles. During the second 360-degree
pan, two frames were taken at each position. Then three frames
were taken, and so on, until a thirty-frame sample was being
taken at each position.
During the second half of the film, which was shot from the
low tide line, the above structure was reversed. The film rapidly
accelerates in pace, the movement of clouds, people and waves
are caught up in the insistent rhythm of the filmic structure,
only to disappear in an abstract pattern of light and colour
at the films end.