This film ia a natural mirror held up to the 'stationary static' that is the dichotomy of greater Los Angeles. Seeing so much movement, and hearing so many wave variants, this gem carries the frequencies of industry and nature, reminding us how perception, timing and longevity play out in the human imposition of bending nature. The last shot, of backwards rolling ocean waves, is a return to the imminent source.
Put this on figuring it was something I could half-watch over supper... took me roughly two-and-a-half hours to finish as I had to pause and just sit on a frame about every two to three minutes, and then felt compelled to re-watch the closing waves scene thrice. Fortunately I wasn't having shrooms for supper otherwise I might have lived with this film all night!
Aside from being a thing of great beauty and meditative density, Psychohydrography is extremely thoughtful as a look at how man controls and regulates the flow of water. Indeed webs and networks (inarguably, it would seem, the symbols of our age) have always been about regulating flow. As a social animal, that is what man is: a regulator of flows. The shimmering, plasticine uncanniness of the water is magical.
A very hypnotic journey, showing the flow of water from the mountains to the city and sea. An amazing experimental film, with time lapse photography, showing beautiful shots with an incredible colour palette, many times from the reflection in the water. Surprisingly beautiful and hypnotic. The beginning has some similarities with my short documentary "Matriz". :)
Thousand manifestations of water, in mesmerising pictures complemented with creative audio design. I was thrilled for the first half of the film, after which it didn't evolve anymore. The pictures are really beautifully composed, but the night time views of cities and industrial areas shot with unreal colors and general HDR exaggeration looked rather cheesy. I preferred the abstract movements of water.
This film is a very generous and deeply meditated invitation to contemplate human, nature, civilization, human-nature and the nature of civilization. What's fascinating in my viewing experience, is that water itself becomes not the subject of the film, but facilitates the movement of thought.
'And as long as it does I'll just sit here and watch the river flow'. Beautiful experimental film from Peter Bo Rappmund that melds time-lapse animation and high-dynamic range photography into a memorable trip through the source of the Los Angeles River and its flow. Naturalistic soundtrack from Thomas Ashcraft also offers its rewards.