Assessment 1: Still image (Remoscope) project

This video is my own interpretation of George Ella Lyon’s poem ‘Where I’m From’. We were asked to put together a 30 second silent video composed of a series of ‘remoscopes’, which in short means footage shot using a camera on a tripod. It’s also interesting to think about although a silent video, its as if you can still hear the sounds that the environment of each sequences would produce. Each video was to be our own interpretation of the poem, which represented where we were from. I approached this poem in a very literal way. Like Lyons, she describes key elements of where she is from and what things, places and people symbolise ‘home’ to her. Within my video each individual sequence represents where I am from and what has shaped me. My video is a reflection on memories from childhood as well as what represents where I am in the present. The video connects the old fragments of my youth to the beauty that is my current standing point. The nature, images and locations represent the core elements that I embody in order to communicate where I am from.

Where I’m From

I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I’m from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down!
I’m from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments–
snapped before I budded —
leaf-fall from the family tree.

-George Ella Lyon

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