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Monday 12th November 2012The Exquisite Play of Light and Shadow across the Landscape


A few years back I made a documentary about an Australian Aboriginal Artist Paddy Japaljarri Sims called Singing the MIlky Way. Paddy had grown up living a traditional nomadic hunter-gather lifestyle in depths of the Tanamai Desert. He painted his Dreamings, mythological creation stories concerning his spiritual ancestors the stars in the Milky Way.


I spent a lot of time doing second unit nature photography trying to capture what it feels like to be out in the desert underneath the sun, the moon, the stars, and the planet, It was one of the parts of the project that I really enjoyed, but I sure wished I had used the cinematographer below. He captured all of those profound and humbling feelings of being out in nature and a captive of the diurnal cycles of light and dark, and the play of stars across the night sky. Watching this video you can see why my friend Paddy, the subject of my documentary, thought of the stars as his spirit ancestors making a perpetual journey across through the heavens...


— David Betz, Curator




Yosemite Range of Light from Shawn Reeder on Vimeo.

Posted on November 12th 2012 on 04:32am
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