The Other Side of the Hedge, video

The Long Lost Weekend Playlist at BABE 2021, Bristol

A printed dummy of an unpublished artist’s book showing photographs and text, is reappropriated and reinvented as a short film.

Pages showing photographs recorded during a riverside walk are the raw materials for spontaneous play with paper, narration, sound and film, in a work of digital video collage juxtaposing spiderwebs with social injustice. As narrator, I recount the experience of finding a harsh reality on the other side of a hedge, while addressing everyday dilemmas facing a photographer, asking questions such as, ‘Should I take this photograph or should I not bother?’ and ‘What am I going to do with these photographs now that I’ve taken them?’

The accompanying birdsong was recorded during a self-assigned lockdown residency at The Queer Hut, a desolate wooden structure on a disused railway embankment overlooking fields in the Cambridgeshire countryside.

Included in Bristol Artists Book Event April 2021, Arnolfini, Bristol, The Lost Weekend Playlist at]

High definition video, colour, sound, 4:40 min, 2021

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Roelof Bakker, all rights reserved, 2022