i eventually give up, defeated by boredom, by cold, by power, an incorrectly set timer, defeated by city government, the parks department turning on me at last! et tu! by bureaucracy failing to do the simplest task of turning off the lights when the park closes or worse, deciding to leave it on!
apparently for these two kids, age 6 or 7 ish who come barreling into the park just as i am packing up with their tiny mother trailing, curious about my camera curious about me bent sad over it in the shadow of the tree, the unvanquished tree, christmas, undefeated still!
on my way home i stop by the small park by the subway to shoot some b roll of the christmas tree the city put up
there are some feral cats about darting in and out of the hedges casting disorienting shadows as they go
waiting to get a shot of the lights going out they’re supposed to go out at 9
but it’s now approaching 9:05 and i’m still waiting for this shot, who knows why
i don’t even know what point i’d be trying to make i’m not trying to be dramatic, or negative, it just seemed like a cool image or whatever the 4D version of an image is, a sequence of images, depicting some change
A few weeks ago we were asked to submit a pre-recorded piece for our friend Dalton Deschain’s Third Annual Honda Days Christmas Spectacular show. There were many ways to approach this – read something from the new book, play an old Joe Yoga song, gather up the usual suspects for some collaboration, etc. But we decided we wanted to do something entirely new.
We walked around the neighborhood shooting footage of the various Christmas goings-on in Astoria, and later sat down by the old window to collect our thoughts in writing. What eventually emerged was a story of Lockdown Christmas, and we put together this short film to document it. It went over great at the Honda Days show, and we’re happy to share it with you here.
It’s been an insane year, obviously, and all we can hope for our readers is to remain healthy and safe. We hope you are managing, we hope you are able to reach out to friends and loved ones and we hope you are finding reasons to be optimistic when you look for them.