Here’s an atmospheric film by my friend Pamela, about the remote rural landscape of Tarset, Northumberland, where I recently lived for a year as artist-in-residence.
It is wonderful to see this film, and be reminded of places I knew intimately through walking and walking, observing and being. Thanks Pamela!
As the artist herself says,this is “a land of contrasts and subtle changes.”
Stillness and movement, sound and silence… Gentle birdsong, a passing fly and the bleating of distant sheep, to the insistent roar of fast-moving water-all are background music to an undercurrent of deep silence.
Even occasional signs of modern everyday life – a passing motor vehicle or an aeroplane miles up in the sky – only serve to intensify the peace and the bottomless silence of the land.
That’s my take on the film, anyway! Though it is, of course, coloured by my own memories and experience of the place.
BORDERLINE is a new film, first shown at Northumbria University’s conference “Northernness: Ideas and Images of North in Visual Culture” on 26 June 2009.
See more of Pamela Robertson Pearce’s work on Neil Astley’s page on Vimeo.