This is a brief start to a film that I thought could be a tribute to the astronomers of the world, from Chile to Hawaii to the mountaintops of California and the plains of New Mexico ... who wait till the sunset, or when the clouds clear ... to fulfill that most basic human value...
...to be able to do their work.
In the end and at the end...it is the dawn that ends the night...the time when most of the rest of us go to work...the time when they go home...
and wait for the next time that they can reach to the stars.
I once thought that I would like to be an astronomer...that was when I was young and Astronomy has held my interest ever since.
Now, I would like by the new capabilities of digital cameras, to quietly acknowledge their world ... and spend some nights under the stars myself.
This is just a very brief “teaser” to what I hope will be a longer and more thoroughly executed effort, called "Ancient Light". I want to make it into a short film (or maybe even longer), narrated occasionally by a young female voice who can give it the sense of wonder that I felt when I was young and laid down in the grass looking up on a very clear starry night.
Please stay tuned. I will be editing longer versions as I have the material
My good friend, Tom Lowe (Timescapes.org) inspired me to do this kind of shooting after many years chasing the normal DP dream. I have been fortunate in the past, having been a part of some good stuff and traveled to more places than I ever thought I would see ... but now I have a new found sense of freedom.
David Wahler has given me his enthusiastic permission to use his music, Teresa, from his album Antiquus for this film, for which I am very grateful. I feel his beautiful, ethereal music is just perfect for this piece.
And yes, "dawn, night, clouds, etc." I have used loosely... all metaphors for the nightly (and daily) pursuits of all astronomers... whether optical or radio based. Often, it's just waiting for time on the telescope.
Thanks for listening and watching.
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