This video is a first collaboration between two artists who are father and daughter: Nick Whittle (nick-whittle.com and nickwhittle.tumblr.com/) and Alberta Whittle (albertawhittlenavigation.blogspot.com).
The video, inspired by the poem, Innocence by Nick Whittle, is filmed at various locations in Barbados and South Africa. There is no sound. A single male figure, wanders through an uninhabited landscape. Arriving at the beach, he is met by a woman, who appears to be waiting for him. Kneeling beside him, she paints words from the poem onto his torso. Certain words stand out, “agonising”, “conflicted”, “my skin”. The words glisten, black and sticky as though he has been branded. Reminiscent of Crusoe, looking out to sea, searching with a telescope, the light refracts, breaking into a million pieces. She attempts to clean him, scrubbing with white soap and sponge, the task is impossible, the words remain, stained on his skin and hers. At the end we hear the sea roar.