An ethereal moment captured on film and first shown to the public at Exposition Jardin Cairnhill in France.
The film captures a moment in time when the wind and sun were filtering through leaves in my garden in Birmingham, tracing their existence on my kitchen wall. The music* was playing at the time of recording and not added at a later date, the visual and audio coincide to create a synergy of emotion. The music comes from Sarasate’s Les Airs Bohémiens, played by French violinist Frederic Moreau, from a recording purchased during a live performance at Sainte Chappelle in Paris.
Shadows have captured people’s imagination throughout time and the Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson cleverly describes a child’s associations with both gardens and shadows in his poem Night and Day.
Excerpt below taken from his collection of poetry called ‘A child’s garden of verses’. Published in 1913.
Night and Day
WHEN the golden day is done.
Through the closing portal,
Child and garden, flower and sun,
Vanish all things mortal.
As the blinding shadows fall
As the rays diminish,
Under evening’s cloak, they all
Roll away and vanish.
Garden darkened, daisy shut,
Child in bed, they slumber—