Crab Shell South Beach Aberystwyth, July 2017

Crab Shell South Beach Aberystwyth, July 2017

With only almost less than a month until the September exhibition (the final part to the MA course) I have spent the last two weeks out and about in Aberystwyth and other coastal areas finding subjects to film.  I’ve come across quite a lot but the one subject that resonated with me was a crab shell which I found on Aberystwyth South Beach.

I took out both black and white photography paper to set up outside in the environment rather than in the studio this time and when filming this crab shell something quite magical happened. As I placed the crab shell on the black paper and fiddled with the ISO and Aperture settings when I started filming the sunlight was coming in and out from behind the clouds and this made the shell turn from bright and in view on the screen to dark and almost disappearing. I decided to film for a longer amount of time as the sun came in and out. On arrival at home I found it calming and was entranced as I watched the shell brighten on the screen and fade into darkness because of the sunlight.

I also unintentionally stumbled across a piece of sound that matched the visual (captured through the camera as I didn’t have a sound recorder with me at that time). It was only when I returned home and watched the footage that I realised the sound of the waves and beach goers such as children playing in the background really connected with the visual. So I hope to head out with the sound recorder next week to capture a similar sound at better quality. Fingers crossed! I think at the moment this will be the work I am going to show for the final MA exhibition. So time to find that sound to add to the video then think about its installation…

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