We were assigned to create a video that is representative of ourselves. We were not allowed to film ourselves, our possessions, our friends, etc. but instead we were challenged to film things that truly resonated with us. My initial plan was to create a video that had both dark and light elements but all my footage of the skeletons and specimens I filmed, the cold Iowa winter footage, and videos of bugs that I took were at a lower quality than of my conservatory footage, therefore they were omitted from the final project. (Things to learn from for Project #2)
I do feel this is kind of an exalted idealist view of myself, true to an extent, but not really telling the whole story... Although, it does reflect the way I like to perceive nature which is an important facet to my own identity. When I feel separate from my Self, I go outside to be in nature to remember who I am and appreciate what it is about life that makes me feel whole- that makes me happy to exist. I like to be reminded that the effortless beauty that surrounds us can be felt within us and reflected in our lives. There is magic that lies within reach, just outside the door- waiting to be appreciated. This video attempts to describe an experience that lacks a cognitive context of the scientific world and invites the viewer to perceive reality in a whole new- almost psychedelic- way. The beginning is intended to make the viewers feel like they are expanding, growing, opening themselves up. The overlaying imagery and saturated colors helps to describe the complex sensory experience that occurs when one really sinks into their surroundings. Near the end, the fragmented self comes together again and clarity is found.