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Black Ice (1994)

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A lateral descent through the midnight blues and blacks of ice and the refracted colors from absorbed oils.

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A lateral descent through the midnight blues and blacks of ice and the refracted colors from absorbed oils.

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Inspired by Stan Brakhage's fall on a patch of black ice that resulted in his developing and having to be operated on for cataracts in both eyes. See more »

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Through stained glass
1 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't know how the effect was achieved, but this is how I imagine a strobed tomographic trip through stained glass would appear. Iridescent colours, mostly blues, fragmented by black, emerge and appear to slowly approach the viewer before fading out to form new patterns. The effect is like an animated Jackson Pollock painting, but more soothing than the analogy might suggest due to the fairly slow progression 'through' whatever is being photographed, and the fact the blocks of light remain on screen for varying lengths of time, meaning that the longer lasting ones serve to anchor the viewer as the others change. Add to this a narrative rhythm that structures the film and there's a strong impression of a story waiting to be read in the phantasmagoria. A dense and dazzling few minutes.


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