Flash Frames

by Renton, Alan

Film: 16mm 1979


My earlier films experimented with the material properties, time, space and light, and in the re-appraisal of structural film fell into the 'landscape' category. In this film I used slow filmstock exposed to long time exposures of single frames of a single view into twilight or darkness. I used flash to light the foreground and controlled the time exposures to light the background. The variable intensities of light to which the film was exposed results in pulsing changes of colours suggesting seasonal change, and the flash lighting changes the perception of the landscape physically and psychologically. - A.R. From an original 100 ft. roll of film of a level crossing I optically stretch-printed the material to relativistically expand the time compressed by the lengthy exposure of each frame to the low artificial and natural light. - A.R.

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