There were lots of filmmaker friends and even cameras we passed around, so the results are of variable quality. I’m grateful to have all this. In spite of omens there’s happiness here (and a lot of hair!)
“Today everything is archive and everyone an archivist. People everywhere constantly create, collect, document, make lists, inventories, classify, store, retrieve, and reuse all kinds of information.” Here’s a look at forgetting things.
What’s hard to remember is that we had little option for portable digital image storage other than floppy disk, or limited built-in RAM. This was my first digital camera, recording stills, movies and sound on a mini CD.
This is from 2002, and my Bungendore Country Diary about some ‘Osage Events’ that synchronised. You can either read the story then watch the pictures or just wing it and hit play. Think of this as a slide show. With music. And words.
At the National Museum of Australia, the C.W.A had gathered their favourite Anzac biscuits and Margaret and a staff chef picked out an audience member to make a batch. ( Do you like yours chewy or crunchy?)
I finished reading Oliver Sack’s story of his ‘chemical’ boyhood some time before I wrote this. My response to the book (as it was for my English mate Norman) was ‘Yes! I felt just like that as a boy’.
Two films, one Super 8 from 1971, and one Standard 8 consisting of two earlier anti-Vietnam war marches. Both of these will be transferred in higher quality and have music added but they need to be here before I get time and money to do that.
I was ‘sponsored’ by the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia to attend Slow Food 2006 Terra Madre, I just had to pay to get there. That’s where I learnt that eating is an agricultural act, producing it a gastronomical act (it has to taste good) and purchasing it (our choices) a political act.
It’s like the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Postscript’ where he writes about driving through County Clare – “when the wind and the light are working off each other … Useless to think you’ll park and capture it, More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there.”
“The road connects things, the road has the potential of the continually changing viewpoint, a different driveway every night. The only thing about the road that is frustrating, is that it would be terrific if you could turn a corner and really be in a different place. On the Internet you can do that with a simple link. Click on a URL and you are in some fantastic place you never imagined.” Dana Atchley