A short film starring Isabella Mandic. Written and directed by Theo Delaney.
I slept through the night and then the morning,
waking and returning to a dream.
Each time I observed the change in light,
slowly coming to glow through the warped glass.
Day began as it was becoming night,
in the place of intense remembering.
When I can't see it,
it doesn't move.
This is the past.
It makes me see truth;
what must die,
what I must kill,
what I must pry my knuckles off.
But I've been here before.
I've seen myself there now.
I've sung to these walls.
The haze in which I see all stretches there, now.
It's the highway.
There's some conclusion to which I'll fall.
For now? I'm nowhere.
I like walking at night. This project documents an inner city landscape after dark, a series of vignettes which, while appealing to the eye, are fleeting and trivial, like many of the thoughts and feelings that enter and escape the mind.
Yesterday, while emptying an old sim card which I hoped to reuse, I came across some old footage which I had taken on my little silver digital camera when I was around the age of 11. None of it was particularly enthralling, mostly capturing inane scenes of day to day life or images my friends and family. But I find it beautiful captures the excitement and purity of a childhood on the cusp of the digital age. The subjects are innocent and undeliberate, fascinated by the camera, whether in front of or behind it. After filming, we would all gather around the tiny screen to watch the shaky, hand-held image we'd created, often ending up in fits of laughter.We would film anything and everything.
With the way in which technology and digital photography has become so widespread, it makes me wonder whether we've lost some of the childlike authenticity in the way we interact with the visual world, in our gaze.