Minute Wild: Ants at Lake Talquin

Recorded at Lake Talquin State Forest, March 29, 2020. It was exceptionally hot and difficult to see the screen down on the ground for this little scene. I moved the camera halfway through (before this scene starts) and didn’t notice until I got back off of the trail later that the hole was out-of-focus. What a disappointment! I nearly hiked back to this spot to try again, but on second thought, I began to like this shot. Individual ants take “center stage” here. Instead of thinking about the ants as part of an abstract collective, the viewer is encouraged to “know” the ants who venture into focus. This sheds new light on the individuals at work here and casts their little society in a different shade.

Minute Wild: Lake Jackson

Here’s a new little project I’m working on: short, unedited videos for the nature-deprived. I’m calling these videos “Minute Wild” and have a few ready to go. Here’s the first one, recorded at Lake Jackson here in Tallahassee.

Not much happens here, and that’s kind of the point. “Nature” is hardly ever as exciting as it appears in documentaries. In reality, the natural world simply exists. We project onto nature our own ideas about ourselves. These little unedited shorts are the most sincere way I could think of to explore that idea.

If anyone wants to make anything out of these as I go along, let me know and I’ll be glad to share the files if you credit me.