I'd already begun to experiment with the moving image before Blood, Skin and Bones. But this project, commissioned by Windermere Reflections back in the day gave me an opportunity to have total free reign to create something that was purely conceptual.
The brief was open, the only guidance being to produce something visual that reflected aspects of the Windermere catchment area. I explored the various options and decided to use video rather than still imagery. After a couple of days wandering around the landscape that fed into the huge lake I came up with the idea to portray the waters, woodlands and fells.
I had been influenced by a new album I'd acquired, Dartmoor Symphony by Nigel Shaw of Seventh Wave Music and promptly contacted him for permission to use his pieces as the accompaniment to my film. He agreed, and here's a link to the beautiful score should you want to own it. I chose The Blood, Skin and Bones of the Land as the overarching title and committed to shoot all the video during the month of November.
The shoots were not without their challenges, in particular the sequence high up in the mountains in unexpected inclement weather but the results pleased me. The three short films, Water, Wood and Stone have not really had a public airing since their commissioning well over a decade ago so I thought it was high time I shared them here. And I had a prompt from a viewer who enjoyed 'Stone'!
In many ways this was the beginning of my Earthlight films journey although I didn't know it back then. The quality makes me cringe! I'm a much better film maker now but for a newbie cutting his teeth on new tech and technique the films aren't all that bad. And for those who want to experience 45 minutes or so of Windermere on the cusp of winter the set is probably a worthwhile watch.
The Blood of Windermere - Water
The Skin of Windermere - Woodland
The Bones of Windermere - Stone