This piece was generated as an expression of my annual love affair with the turning of the seasons. Winter is the hardest time to bear, and the vernal metamorphosis never fails to feel miraculous. In the first portion of this animation, I acknowledge the aesthetic beauty of the early snows, but recognize that as they lock the landscape under ice, my experience will be met with lengthening darkness. By February the outdoors--and my own thought process--often feels like a leaden wall, bitterly immovable and colorless, anathema to inspiration. I bide my time through the mental static until, finally, the wheel turns back toward the fires of summer, first softening and flowing into spring. As lush life begins to grow again, so I feel myself revived as well. Color returns. There is hope for another year.
Process: The animation was created primarily in After Effects--this was my most extensive use of that program to date. Premiere was used for the final edit. I believe this piece stands on its own, but I could easily revisit it, expand it, and continue embellishing (or perhaps just a mirroring piece for the autumn transition). The audio was all sourced from public domain recordings on Freesound.org, no attribution required.