LIGHT STREAMING; (2012); Kathleen Rugh; 16MM; TRT: 6.19
In landscapes where tunnels of light and the continual flow of water act as a connecting force, a couple of answers to questions.
The film was shot over a couple of years in numerous locations. I shot on the Oregon coast, by a river in New Hampshire, near the waterfalls of upstate New York, and within the depths of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Originally, I started filming without a clear idea of how to create the final film. Instead, I gathered imagery of what caught my attention within my surroundings; looking for striking visuals that could be captured and isolated with my camera. In the editing stage I found that water and light dominated the imagery and that gave me inspiration on how to create the film.
How do you construct a film with shots like this and with no characters or plot)?
In constructing the film I used the imagery of water, with its waves or reflections of light, as a connecting force between the various locations portrayed in the film. The imagery flows from one natural environment to another, and although these places are often far away from each other, the water, sunlight, and trees are visual markers that are relatable among the numerous locales. Venturing from one place to another is meant to flow smoothly, in a kind of dreamlike state. Besides this general concept, I found ways that the visuals could connect through the camera’s movement, or the color and tonalities within a given space. And sound is an important element that I use to further create a sense of atmosphere around the visuals.