A film-poem documenting the journey of a cinematographer through the fragile landscapes of the Arctic.
The camera bears witness to the shapes and colours of glaciers, tundra, mountains and sea ice while the filmmaker explores the role of the human and the artist in such landscapes in the time of the Anthropocene.
Touching on themes of aesthetics, cultural responsibility, inter-connectivity and eco-anxiety the film aims to provoke discussion about the need to re-conceptualise how we make and disseminate images, in order to see ourselves as an integral part of the world rather than seeing ourselves as in front of or separate to nature.
Adam Laity is a filmmaker with deep roots in the South West of England who has written, directed, shot and edited many shorts inspired by folklore and mythology from this part of the world and is now focussing on his career as a director of photography. His doctoral research focusses on the study of landscape within narrative cinema. How does landscape function as a character? How does it function as a silent purveyor of meaning? And what can we learn from the great masters of art and cinema on the subjects of light, environment, nature and human interaction with landscape on film?