This is a little film i made to accompany the photos i took during my residency in Steelville, MO in August 2013. Here's the little blurb i wrote about it for the show's pamphlet:
One night during my residency, not long after the sun went down, I drove up to Cuba and on to route 66 towards Fanning. I drove past the world’s largest rocking chair and kept going until I found a stretch of road that ran parallel to highway 44. I pulled my car into the tall grass on the side of the road and set up my camera on the dash. Just me, a symphony of crickets and whatever else was out there in the dark. I tried not to think about that. I pointed my camera up towards the oncoming cars and trucks on the highway and unfocused it. This would turn the headlights and brake lights into pretty, ghostly orbs. And there I sat. In the dark. On the side of the road, with the radio tuned in to some strange, fuzzy AM talk radio. It was a little surreal. The next morning it rained, so I brewed a big pot of coffee and began editing the footage from the night before. I slowed down the footage that I shot considerably and turned it into a black and white negative image. This made everything much more dream-like, more ghostly and oddly microscopic.
Going into this project I knew right away that I wanted to have a film component, I just had no idea what it would be. All I knew is that I would film it in the area and that I wanted the music to be done by my good friend from California, Brandon Johnson, who now lives in Oregon and creates beautiful instrumental music under the name Tridact. I see and hear his music as miniature soundtracks. Perfect driving music, because to me it fits a sunny drive in the country or up the coast just as well as it does a night drive through the city. He wrote the piece of music you’ll hear in 44 Ghosts specifically for the film. I was blown away to hear what he came up with. I think it’s absolutely perfect. I’m very honored that he agreed to be a part of this
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