The Arctic, as seen in Brakhage’s film is almost devoid of humans, and offers a subjective, visionary aesthetic, providing a rich counterpoint to dominant realist visual tropes of the Arctic as empty, barren, and desolate.
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16mm. The transfiguration of the landscape through specific processes of the cinematographic gaze and editing, by coloration, repetition, overlap: a material and atmospheric gaze that recreates,reimagining, the world viewed. From this level of materialistic grandeur, Peter Hutton and Klaus Wyborny, in different ways, did it-i'm not forgetting James Benning, but in this one the vision is not like a "verklärtes lied".