Ambient Video Art

  1. The Langdale Pikes are so often photographed rising above and reflected in Blea Tarn - seen everywhere in guidebooks about the southern Lake District - but to get a true sense of the bulk and rugged beauty of these mountains, walk across Wrynose Fell towards Pike O'Blisco and sit above Redacre Gill for this more open viewpoint. Still low enough to keep the dramatic skyline, here you have the advantage of a thousand feet or so to look down and along the lush green of the Great Langdale valley, then up and over the stone intake walls and golden brown bracken to gaze at the diagonal play of light on rock above.

    With a simple composition and natural perspective, this is all about the horizontal jagged line from East to West, starting with the rising shoulder leading to Sergeant Man, then Pavey Ark with its dark cliffs over the hidden Stickle Tarn, up across the characteristic double peak of Harrison Stickle and along over Thorn Crag, Loft Crag to Pike O'Stickle, it's finger pointing perfectly to the sky, then falling away and across Martcrag Moor to see the Rosthwaite Fells rising in the far distance.

    I sat for a couple of hours all alone in the evening light, filming, listening, looking, as the setting sun threw the dark shadow of Bow Fell along the valley floor, up the scree slopes and across the gullies and crags. In the growing darkness, the skyline silhouette became ever sharper while the wispy white clouds moved imperceptibly across the sky.

    In this Ambient film I have tried to express and amplify the grandeur of this landscape; capturing the stillness and the tightrope balance of light and air as day coexists with night, eventually crystallising out this ancient, rugged and sublime horizon.

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  2. ‘Bluebell Wood’ was shot one early spring morning near Rydal Water in The English Lake District. These woods beneath Loughrigg Fell are carpeted with bluebells – the drooping bell-like flowers with curled back tips and creamy white pollen confirm that these are the native English variety. Sitting here among the flowers, we see the shadows cast by the trees behind reach across the bluebells to flicker on the trunks of the trees in front. The bluebells flutter, each one in its own stiff rhythm, responding to the gusting breeze. The light changes dramatically and with it the colour of blue, from pale lilac to deep purple. The trees change from delicate swaying lichen green fingers to tombstone dark and ominous. Such is the resonance of this place. Beyond, the mountains of Seat Sandal and Fairfield occasionally glow through the trees while above the sky is sky-blue or grey-white with fast moving clouds that threaten rain.

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  3. The Lake District is not all chocolate box images and high drama in the fells (but we love that too). This ambient film was recorded one late evening from beneath the woods and old slate quarry workings on the side of the Little Langdale valley. The viewpoint includes Low Hallgarth where Beatrix Potter once lived - now a Yorkshire Ramblers hut and National Trust property. The house is tucked into the hillside and beyond we see the valley leading up to the Wrynose pass to the left skyline, with Blake Rigg looming ahead and the higher Pike O'Blisco just pointing its head above in the distance. The rain is falling, sometimes with a gentle rustling in the trees and grass and then more heavily with a pitter patter on bits of slate around us. The birds are calling noisily through the trees, so many that it's almost a cacophony.

    As the light changes, with the sun going down beyond the fells and behind the rainclouds and mist ahead of us, the picture darkens and then lightens with a strange pink and blue-grey glow. The silhouettes of the mountains, the knobbly shape of Castle Howe iron age hill fort, the lines of trees and pattern of green pastures all appear and disappear in turn.

    Eventually after an hour in the pouring rain I decided to pack up and head back to dry out in front of a log fire. A magical and perfect evening when nothing at all happened, except all of this!

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  4. Walking up from Postbridge via Sandy Lane pass and Cut Hill to the Tor is long, wet and hard. We camped at the Tor and in the morning captured this Ambient video. It's a remote place, probably the most remote area of Dartmoor but on a beautiful day like this, watching the clouds and shadows fall across the landscape, it is peaceful and sublime. The light changes very little and the wind is slight but constantly moving the grasses in the foreground. This view is from an outcrop to the West of the main Tor but shows the Granite rock formations as they relate to the landscape beyond - even framing Yes Tor in the rock niche to the right and 'touching' Great Links Tor to the left. The clouds echo the land and rock formations and rebalance the composition in constant drifting motion.

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  5. This is Little Langdale in the south of the Lake District National Park, one of the most unspoilt valleys in this part of the Lakes and dawn is the perfect time to enjoy its undisturbed peace and tranquility. I got up early to set up the recording equipment and sat huddled in the chilly still air beneath the oak trees above Birk Howe Farm, watching the light. The scene starts with a hint of pink on the grass and stone wall across the hillside. Beyond the fells start to warm and glow. Slowly, very slowly the valley comes to life without high drama but with a constantly shifting balance between mountains, valley, sky, and the surface of Little Langdale Tarn, with the few buildings picked out white in the sun. The clouds never reveal the high fells but their density and mood shifts imperceptibly. The rhythm of shapes, the depth of the scene, the changing textures and colours, all make this a true video painting.

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Ambient Video Art


Ambient Video is a flexible visual element to enhance your living or working space. Like sitting on a hillside, in a wood or looking across a river, these scenes are sublime and relaxing. The aim is to increase your productivity, creativity and wellbeing.…

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Ambient Video is a flexible visual element to enhance your living or working space. Like sitting on a hillside, in a wood or looking across a river, these scenes are sublime and relaxing. The aim is to increase your productivity, creativity and wellbeing. These are natural, uncut, long-form videos that reward attention and inattention equally. For the best experience, play these videos on large screens or projected onto walls in UHD/4K.

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