Wake 2015

8 minutes

photograms in 35mm

black and white silent


"Wake" is a dirge in celluloid.  It is a celebration of my fathers life, a meditation on his body and a visual record of mourning.  When my father died, there was never a chance to see his body after life had left it.  This film was made by placing his ashes directly on 35mm film in a dark room and moving the film a frame at a time.  What we see in this process of photograming is not the object in the photographic sense, but instead a representation of the space surrounding an object.  The photogram is a shadow charting the distance between things.