Up until recently I never considered recording videos. I thought photographs and a notebook were all I needed to capture the memories and moments I want to remember. But then I found Xanthe Berkeley's website and her films, and I was instantly converted. If you watch a few of her films I think you will be convinced too. Seeing her time capsules of her family, their travels, and her stop motion film of Paris made me want learn to how to create my own tiny films. Her films also made me want to time travel so I could go back and relive some of my vacations and film the places and things I've seen. Although photography can capture the scene and emotion and mood of a trip, her films show how magical and transporting video and motion can be, especially when set to music.
I can't go back and film the musician playing a Hank Williams song while I waited on a subway platform in New York City, and I can't film the changing light as the sun set behind the rocks in Sedona. But I know that I don't want to miss out on capturing those things in the future, as well as some of the normal, everyday moments of my life. So it wasn't a hard decision when Xanthe recently offered a new session of her Creating Time Capsules ecourse. It started a few weeks ago and I am loving it.
I've been taking videos these past few weeks to practice and prepare for the class, but the first project incorporates only still photography. Inspired by her portrait of her home, I decided to take some photographs around my house on a bright, sunny, September afternoon and put them together into the little film below. Even though I can't time travel, I love that I'll now be able to create these little capsules of time so I can bring some of the moments forward with me.