Momentary Vitality

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During the beginning of the first section I wanted to choose unique flowers that desiccated slowly to invite the viewer into the film. What follows is an assortment of complex composited sections and simpler ones where I allow the plants to animate by themselves. Part one ends by focusing on mosses and lichens, which anticipates part two.

(Leucadendron sp.): This wonderful plant is a member of the majestic protea family of places such as South Africa and Austrailia. The protea family is one of the oldest families of flowering plants (Angiosperms).

Dendrobium 'Kuranda Classic' (Dendrobium sp.): I got this beautiful dendrobium orchid at a local orchid society exhibition!

Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus): I chose this carnation flower because the white colouration allows you to focus on the intricate topography created by the petal folds.

Daylily (Hemerocallis): Daylily, the popular horticultural plant, is ironically not even close to being in the lily family! (Liliaceae). It's more closely related to the popular Aloe vera than it is to a lily. I chose this flower here for the curious way in which its petals become translucent.

Rose (Rosa sp.): I chose this yellow rose as it goes along nicely with the previous batch of flowers that are stunning in form, texture, and colour. The petals of roses evidence a long process of artificial selection as breeders selected for showier and more numerous petals.

Aloe (Aloe sp.): In Momentary Vitality: The Paradox of Inanimacy I wanted to balance simple footage of stunning plants, complex composite-based compositions, and everything in between. This footage of aloe florets blooming is something else.

In these stripe sequences I wanted to highlight the diversity of colour that flowers exhibit.

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum sp.): The popular houseplant normally known as amaryllis is actually Hippeastrum! There is an actual amaryllis genus, but it's less prevalent. After scanning footage of a few humongous and lovely flowers, I filed them away for a year. In the process of making this video I fully previewed the footage, and was taken aback by how interesting the emergent colours and textures were. Who would've thought!?

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus): It's so interesting how looking at something like a sunflower up close can create a completely different scene!

In this mosaic I attempted to recreate a scene of a meadow.

Stiff clubmoss (Lycopodium annotinum): The clubmosses are part of an ancient grouping of plants called the lycopods, most of which are extinct. If you use coal, you are quite likely accessing the preserved solar energy of extinct lycopod trees! They reproduce using spores, and as you can see in the film, the manner in which they disperse them is quite stunning. It's as if they're trying to paint!

(Cladonia sp., Cladonia rangiferina, various mosses): Mosses and lichens are beautiful. The calm pace of this softly-textured footage anticipates part two, which serves as a resting place for the viewer to prepare for part three.

Move on to part two of the film.