Tim Sessler's video poems on humans and nature
Drift by Tim Sessler shows a birds-eye view of an evening flight from San Francisco to Salt Lake City to Philadelphia. The way Sessler shot and post-processed these clips, along with the music, it feels like there's powerful meaning behind what he's presenting here. One takeaway I had were thoughts on light pollution, sprawl and how much humans impact our environment. But it's also just simply beautiful. The feelings during flights are often a jumble of those differing views. I am awed by the ingenuity and cleverness of man, wowed by natural landscape and sometimes disturbed by our overwhelming mark on those same lands.
I liked Sessler's style and went to check out more of his videos. I found several that seemed to me to be produced as visual poems. Below are a few favorites.
ONE MAN'S LIFE starts quite literally as a video poem, with the film's subject - father, poet, falconer and terminal cancer patient, Mark Brookmire - reciting a piece of poetry. The video is a video portrait of Brookmire's life living a solitary lifestyle in a cabin in Western New York.
see for the last time is a triptych of contrasts or comparisons. First, we see an old metal gate and a tower of modern high-powered lights (or cell phone electronics?). Next, is a young tree bound by twisted metal wire to control its growth, followed by a shot of a metal fence of twisted wire around an old, large tree. The last scenes show the piping and electrical meters of a apartment building or home, then a pair of the modern entertainment devices - a DVD player or tuner - that would use the power sent through pipes.
FORECAST is based on outdoor scenes in what looks like the southwest and pacific coast of the US. We see a bonfire and forest fire, as well as dry, possibly drought-ridden land, littered with abandoned buildings, trashed cars and other junk. There are also shots of the Californian redwoods and a beautiful body of water.
I can't speak to Sessler's motives with these videos or the messages he is or isn't working into specific shots or edits, but that's what I like most about them. They are visually beautiful, with or without a message, but because of their style and the peaceful music, we're able to project onto or pull out of these videos our own reactions and symbolism. What do you think of these videos? Is there a message or emotions they make you feel?
See more of Tim Sessler's work here.