Momentary Vitality

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In part three I wanted to explore floral colour in different ways. You can see that in the focuses on the hydrangeas, the phalaenopsis, the various mosaics, and many other plants. I also wanted to highlight the beauty of floral texture and form in abstraction from their colours, which you can see in the black and white section. One of my favourite groupings of plants - weeds - also makes a cameo!

Closed gentian (Gentiana andrewsii): The "closed" in this gentian's name references to how its closed flowers make pollinators have to muscle their way in between the petals to get nectar. I think its foliage and flowers make for a beautiful introduction to the poignant music of part three.

Rhododendron (Rhododendron sp.): Rhodendron was one of the first plants I scanned during the Summer of 2012 that I spent in Germany. I chose it because of how its quality of animation mirrors that of the closed gentian's.

Hydrangea (Hydrangea sp.): The complex textures compounded by the varying colours of these hydrangea inflorescences make for a compelling segment. The story of how I found these hydrangeas is an interesting one. Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Conservatory had recently had a hydrangea exhibit. After a worker escorted me to the back you can imagine how excited I was to see piles and piles of freshly thrown-away hydrangea plants. Luckily the incredible footage made the hassle of carrying home garbage bags of hydrangeas worth it!

Cattleya (Cattleya sp.): This orchid moves in an almost choreographed manner, which I was able to time to the emotionality of Jonsi's vocal solo.

It was a lot of fun designing these gradient-based colour washes, which serve to preface the even grander colour-based mosaic that follows.

Various grasses (from left to right: Tricitum sp., Andropogon gerardii, Holcus lanatus, Elymus repens, Bouteloua gracilis, Phleum pratense, Sorghastrum nutans, Bouteloua curtipendula): This rapid fire black-and-white section was a lot of fun to make. I searched long and hard for unique specimens that could fit together vertically - these grasses work perfectly!

Lily filaments and style (Lilium sp.): The beautiful contours of these lily flower parts work well in the rapid-fire context I placed them in.

Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis sp.): I follow the multicoloured strobing flower section with a calmer one featuring the gladiolus plant. This section continues on a calm note, featuring the popular moth orchid doing something truly extraordinary. The pigmentation of this commonly kept orchid seems to drain away as it desiccates.

Western salsify (Tragopogon dubius): I wanted to make a section comprised of the ample footage of common weeds that I scanned for a section of my Desiccation Encyclopedia website on them. This one is a seed pod cross section of a western salsify plant that was picked too soon. Thus, the seedhead doesn't open fully and instead creates the beautiful skeleton-like forms you see an example of above.

Western salsify (Tragopogon dubius): After closeup shots of western salsify's seedpods, I wanted to feature the seedpods opening up in the context of an entire plant.

Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense): Creeping thistle is one of the most common North American weeds, and the way that it animates is pretty neat.

Begonia (Begonia sp.): Since the first time I scanned a begonia in 2008, I have always been enamoured by how much happens as brightly-coloured begonia flowers desiccate. In the context of the film this part begins the slow end section, and also serves to balance out the sometimes rapid pace of the film.

Gerbera daisy (Gerbera hybrida): I wanted to end the film on a drawn-out note, so I chose to use footage of differently-coloured gerbera daisies slowly shrinking.