The work for this video started by using a camera to collect images of trees using a method inspired by the films of Michael Snow, Kirston Lightowler and Stan Brakhage. This method involves spinning a camera around in the woods for as long as the body can tolerate (60−90 seconds), and then using a computer to layer and extend the raw footage. One way to think about the film is of a camera gathering small fragments of time from a forest that exists in larger periods of time (the life of the forest), and stretching these moments into something more appropriate: to what the trees would perceive, rather than someone passing through them.
N.B. This video contains no sound.
Matthew Swiezynski currently resides in Northern California, and occupies his time working for the music/dvd label Invisible Birds and the website The Art of Memory. His work uses sound and video to capture “ingenting”, or, what is not visible to the naked eye or ear — nothingness, in the tradition of the Romantics and their observations of Nature.