Niels Peter Skou
Kolding School of Design
The text used for the narration of “Passing Through” is part of a speech Serbian scientist and inventor
Nikola Tesla delivered in 1893 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Though today less known than
figures like Edison and Einstein, Tesla was more or less the father of much of our modern technology, since
he among other things developed the foundations of the European electrical system based on alternating
currents and the principles of wireless radio communication.
At the time he was deeply influenced by the Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach, believing
that the world should be conceived as a whole where everything is interconnected influencing each
other. And that energy is a force that runs through everything be it inorganic matter, organisms or human
consciousness. According to this line of thought every single action has universal consequences, not unlike
what the father of modern chaos theory Edward Lorenz in the 1960’s termed ‘the butterfly effect’.
"Like a wave in the physical world, in the infinite ocean of the medium which pervades all, so in the world of organisms, in life, an impulse started proceeds onward, at times, may be, with the speed of light, at times, again, so slowly that for ages and ages it seems to stay, passing through processes of a complexity inconceivable to men, but in all its forms, in all its stages, its energy ever and ever integrally present.
A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.”
video by: Eric Epstein
featuring: Jordan Bruner (also a director/animator jordanbruner.net)
with: Nadia Husain, Kevin Lawler, Edward Tasick, Ayli Velorok, Desmond Williams, Nancy Diana Wong
associate producer: Desmond Williams
'the box' made by: Andi Burnett andiburnett.com
co-editor: Robert Lopuski forgottensundays.com
Alone, I drove almost 3.500Km, hiked around 100km, met lots of people and have seen unbelievable landscapes. Putting those 19 days in four minutes and a half was the most difficult part.
Travelling to Iceland is an overwhelming life experience, and I definitely want to come back.
- Canon 7D
- Canon 17-55mm 2.8
- Canon 50mm 1.4
- GoPro Hero 3 (only used in the car shots)
God is an Astronaut - Loss
Special Thanks to:
Joe Capra (The Midnight Sun), Klara Harden (Made in Iceland) and Eric Hines (Expedition Iceland) for inspiring me with their work.
Michael Levy for the International Photographer's Map (Indispensable for this trip http://www.international-photographer.com/maps/iceland/ ). Isabela Ramos for the HUGE help in Providence (Valeu Tutu).
Fred Ekblad for the help in Laugavegurinn (I want to see your shots, man).
And all the friendliest people of Iceland.