Mountains Of The Mind Wednesday August 14, 2013

Video is an extremely dense medium whereby image, sound and movement are layered together and any one component can spoil the effect. Music in particular, because it is personal and subjective, will appeal or not appeal according to taste.

As such, music can make or break a video piece. I originally made this with some aggressive rock music because I liked the softer parts of it but not others, then decided it was wrong. It fitted the lyrical moments – take a look and see what I mean – but not the rest.

At some point you have to make a decision – I like this because it says what I want to say – and release it to the world.

I’ve called this video Mountain Days and with a sub title, Mountains of the Mind.

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame”

― W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire

Filmed in the Lake District, Wales, and Peak District with scenes of Eskdale, the Scafells, Moelwyns and Snowdon, Cregennen Lakes, Llyn Ardu lakes, near Fernilee reservoir, Blackbeck Tarn, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Buttermere, Moel Siabod, Great Gable, Ennerdale, Haystacks, and the Rhinogs at Llyn Du.

“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us”

― Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind