My Life as a Bee

2003 16mm Color Silent

This film was photographed with a home-made pinhole movie camera (which cost far less than the roll of 7245 that it was shot on!). The resulting technique does not have stable frame registration, and as such evokes an idea of what might be called "unnamed vision," in which the visual field is not always identifiable objects.  The idea here is that this is perhaps how a bee sees -- a constantly shifting field of colors, which is stable or peristent enough that the principle object of a bee's attention -- flowers -- are identifiable, but not stable enough to provide the absolute stability that humans are used to.  Instead, we get less of what we're used to and more of something else -- more of the scintillating patterns of color and light that we are accustomed to ignore.