In the tree is a video I made after hearing for the first time, and being inspired by, the music piece 'Leila came around and we watched a video', by Four Tet. The images were shot in Egypt, in the spring 2013.
There, in Middle Egypt, I stood on the flat roof of the house where I stayed, and where a massive gumtree's branches dominated the whole space. They were entangled with bougainvillea and some other leafy plants. In the distance, one can hear the dimmed sounds of a regular afternoon at the house and its surroundings, the cats, the birds, the traffic on the road... It is quiet, slow-paced and dreamlike. The sunlight plays in the branches and the wind blows them away, sometimes gently, sometimes harshly. A crushing contrast with the madly rushing western European life, it is a place out if this world, out of this time, a hidden haven of preserved peace.
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