In “On Seeing,” master boat builder and teacher Robert Darr takes sail on the Bay, linking his early perceptions at sea with the deeper navigations concerning sensual and spiritual seeing.
“On Seeing” is part two in the Robert Darr interviews that began earlier in this series with “On Doing.” That one showed Darr at work restoring the sailboat Freda. This one shows him at sail, working with the wind and waters, as he takes on the subject of seeing.
These two themes of Seeing and Doing seem central not just to the poetry of Hafiz --but to the contemporary lives we are living.
Certainly, in a visual project translating Persian poetry such as Hafiz’s, the idea of ‘seeing’ is central to the entire project. What was Hafiz seeing and how to best see what’s most essential? As a filmmaker I have attempted in my own way the ‘nazarbaz’ --a playful engagement-- with all the material that has come my way.
With ‘On Seeing,’ I say goodbye to 2012 and to this project. 2013 will hopefully bring a couple new screenings and new shorts, and if so, I will share these with you.
Until then, thank you for viewing. May 2013 be a year of joy and blessings to all.
I am deeply grateful for the chance to know Robert and be invited into the workshop. Special thanks to Robert Darr, Scott Ryan, The Arques School and the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center
Cinematography by Christian Melady
Editing by Emily LaDue and Tony Urgo
Music by Paul Rubenstein
Translations (Arabic and Persian) by Robert Darr