A few days after I started filming the teaser videos for The Cold & Lovely I found a dead dragonfly on the sidewalk walking home. I scooped him up and placed him on the shelf with my other insects. In one sense dragonfly tells us of illusions and how to break them to bring out our best work. It's also about deeper thinking as well as prosperity, strength, good luck and purifying the mind and body. When Meg approached me about doing teaser videos I automatically said yes and sent them a link to some video work I had been doing. Nicole sent me a text a few minutes later. "We are laughing because this is exactly the type of visual we had in mind." Somehow our aesthetics had merged.
I live in New York City, home of grit, grime, and glamour. All of my video work so far has been filmed in NY. I had been talking with my friend Kate Black about a New York in my brain that doesn't exist. Kate reminded me it did indeed exist, it was that I wasn't born in a time to take part in it. The New York I'm referring to is Beat Generation NY through the late 80's. The NY I'm referring to is my own illusion, broken to pieces by the reality of what it is right now. And yet I have a fondness for the city and the secret places, amazing people, and magical events I have had the pleasure of taking part of. There's something shifting in the area of the arts, some special leaking in through the cracks. Something that is removing our own illusions and allowing creativity to flow freely, authentically.
I create magical worlds from concrete on video. I find secret places amongst the streets and stomp down rock paths at high tide in order to get the best shots. Sherene and I sipped cappuccino this evening at Cafe Cluny talking about illusion and dream worlds. "You create a NY aesthetic that people want to be a part of." I was showing her clips of footage I had shot earlier in the day. And with each of these teasers I did the same. My only direction from the band was to keep it nature based, and so I found my little slices of the natural world in between paved sidewalks and cement walls.
One of the many reasons I adore working with The Cold & Lovely is that with their music, they tap into that same energy. I created each vignette specifically for the chosen song, with the exception of "Red Eye" which I used one of my older vignettes because it fit so perfectly. Sometimes two things that already exist match up vibrationally. This is exactly what happened. I don't think about what I'm shooting a lot when I have my camera. I have a basic idea and let it form organically. In editing mode I listen to the song and place images not only by visual aesthetics but also by the rhythm of what I'm listening to. Even if timing isn't in sync, it has to have a flow. Idiosyncrasies are a gift. Come October we will be shooting a full length video for "Ellis Bell" To see all the teasers go here. I created all except "Ellis Bell".