passingphasemusic.com It was in 1999 that I made my pilgrimage to Giverny, to the house and gardens of the master of light, Claude Monet. My previous study of and encounters with Monet and his work did not prepare me for the experience—not my many visits to Musee Marmottan Monet, d’Orsay or de l’Orangerie in Paris or the countless other museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and N. America where I’ve been mesmerized by Monet’s works. Not my many years of living in Japan, where Kyoto’s sublime moss and rock gardens indeed indirectly influenced the great painter. After walking from the village train station, down a nondescript road and passing through the gate past the large studio he built to paint his Decorations des Nympheas (Water Lilies) I was transported, as if passing through a portal to another dimension, a place where color, form and sound all become vibration—which to me is what Monet captured in his work. With my point-and-shoot, inexpensive film camera, I rode the waves emanating from the house and gardens the artist designed and took at least 5 rolls of film. I returned to Paris at dusk. The pictures were subsequently printed, and then years later scanned so there is degradation in sharpness—however, it is just right for my tribute to the great Monet. Except for a few archival images, I created all of the images in this video, as well as composing, playing and mixing the music. The video, my photographs and the music are all Copyright 2012, Lee Negin/Passing Phase Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
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