Tiny Geographies Part Five:
Shot primarily around Tarland until the stars came out (hence [S]TARLAND), this piece meshes abandoned quarries, bits of Tomnaverie stone circle, a dung beetle, some Austrian tourists I met along the way, an Australian and a lady from Elgin. It is the final chapter of Tiny Geographies (below).
This film is part of the episodic version of Chris Dooks' [near feature-length] Year of Natural Scotland commission "Tiny Geographies" - a project managed by Woodend Barn in Banchory, Aberdeenshire as part of the 'Atomic Doric' season of commissioned works by artists and musicians. The Blu-Ray edition and soundtrack are available from December from http://www.tinygeographi.es (yes, spelled just like that!).
The experimental ethos of the film was to ascertain to what degree could diverse audiovisual footage be gathered from several accessible environments just a few square metres in size. These 'tiny' geographies were made to see if there was any advantage to being unable to scale a 'Munro' or even a small hill - and try and make the best of out limited energy.
Using DSLR-sourced montages alongside the latest fangled GoPro camcorder [shooting at high speed], with microphones and hydrophones, Dooks employs the technology as friend of the 'exhausted practitioner' to spy, scope-out and mine the environment without touching it - or as Chris says 'the only thing I like to shoot a deer with, is a Nikon lens.'