"We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice...We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are." - John Berger
She sits in her favorite chair by the window, watching, waiting for the birds to make an appearance in the yard. A few rays of light from the window touch her gnarled hands deftly weaving from blue and white yarn the form of a blue jay. She tells her own story simply, in an act of subtle and haunting grace. The overall impression is that of a delicate, triumphant glance.
We could all learn a little bit from this lady, Jean Connor, whom I had the privilege of meeting just before Christmas in 2012.
This is one of my favorite pieces that I have directed recently for my new friends at Spotlight Productions, as part of a series of documentary-style cinematic portraits for TELUS OptikLocal myEdmonton. Produced by Laura O'Grady. Cinematography by Tom Dudley. Editing by Dean Evans.
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