The long take in documentary was my first interest. How can observation, almost contemplation tell a story. Nathaniel Dosky with Threnody (2004) and Ben Rivers with This is My Land (2006) are two authors that inspire me through this search. Even if I don’t achieve the complete sensibility necessary for the long shot (both in the shooting and in the editing) the process is more than important, is transformative. If I review my images from a few months ago they were almost snapshots, now I can wait, and wait.
The non-figurative image was the second exploration; in doing so I reviewed a lot of found footage and experimented with images of buildings as part of the piece that I’m going to show tonight. It could have worked but I didn’t really like it. Any way in which I could treat my images as found footage, how could I take them out of context? How could I liberate them from the pressure of representation? I believe that this goal is better achieved in my documentary.
Finally my big struggle was not having a narrative structure, my internal fight with the beginning, climax and end. I wanted the viewer to ask himself about what is happening, to complete, to assume in one point and doubt in the other. I wanted these images to trigger other memories and questions. It was difficult since at some point I wanted to tell a story. I felt the pain of not having a fixed narrative structure. I felt the pain of trying to find the rhythm in the images and sound without turning it into a simple documentary or, on the other hand, without being intentionally entropic.