The Weaver's Tale

Harris Tweed is a material that tells its own story. From the flicks of colour to the regimented patterns, each cloth has a character unique to the journey its been on. The Harris Tweed weaver is a true artisan, the master of his loom in the same way a musician relates to his instrument. Each loom will have its own sound, quirks and idiosyncrasies and only the weaver will know how to get the best from it. It may take a weaver hours to ready his loom for weaving a new cloth and once weaving may create four meters of crafted tweed an hour once underway, watching constantly for flaws as they go.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Mills of Harris back in the summer of 2016, was captured by the charm of the landscapes and the passion which there still is for a industry that has changed little over the last 100 years. The medley of tracks, played by Ryan Young, reminds me of my time on the Island and felt fitting to the spinning looms and dark landscapes.

PRODUCTION DETAILS:
Camera - Sony FS5
Edit - Premier Pro
Sound - Audition
Grade - Davinci Resolve

Music used with permission of Ryan Young, recorded live from the Young Trad 2016 concert. www.ryanyoung.scot

This material was originally shot for the larger 'Harris to Paris' documentary - www.harristoparis.com

You can find out more about Harris Tweed at - www.harristweed.org

Iceland

It's also cold. Colder than you'd think, and empty. Small scattered towns, like a patchwork quilt spread along the coasts and riverbanks. The wind feels like its just constantly passing through, gusting around you endlessly. Iceland is one of those places thats I really wanted to visit for long time, to see and explore the natural landscapes and barren expanses. The landscape itself creates a barrier though, stopping you from venturing to far. The 'F' roads that run across the interior are nearly impassable in January with out the aid of some serious 4x4 machinery.. which we unfortunately didn't have. But there was plenty to discover hidden along the coast and within the main road network.

The view from our AirBnB, beyond the steps lies the sea.

The view from our AirBnB, beyond the steps lies the sea.

I wanted to capture a glimpse of the Island, as much for my own travel journal as anything, and also use the time in Iceland to plan a more structured film that explores how people live and why they choose to remove themselves from the sanctuary of Reykjavik.

I knew i needed to travel light so all material was shot on the small Lumix GX85 ( www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lumix-g-compact-system-cameras/dmc-gx80web.html ) with the 25mm Leica DG Summilux 1.4 lens. This makes for a super portable 4k capable camera that draws very little attention, and has the benefit of 5axis stabilisation.

The Kerið volcanic crater which is over 3,000 years old.

The Kerið volcanic crater which is over 3,000 years old.

The short film was edited in Premier Pro CC - www.adobe.com/uk/products/premiere.html with colour work completed in DaVinci Resolve 12 - www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve Music by arcticwhisperings.bandcamp.com www.thomashogben.com

Gulfoss Falls.

Gulfoss Falls.

The harbour at Reykjanesbær.

The harbour at Reykjanesbær.

Eyrarbakki Church.

Eyrarbakki Church.

A Day In The Life of Loch Ness

The City of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, and it's most famous neighbour, Loch Ness, together present one of the most popular UK holiday destinations.

I was lucky enough to get to travel round the Loch visiting some of the fantastic people and businesses along both sides of Loch Ness, to show you just how much you can fit into one day down the Loch side...

The Photograph

Camera - Sony FS5

Audio - 'Photography' written by James Metcalfe

 

It felt appropriate that as i had some new kit this week that I wanted to try out, to make a short pieces that looks at what photography means. James Metcalfe a photographer, writer and reporter in the 1970s, wrote these words and feel they are as relevant today as the were back in the 70s before Instagram and Facebook filled our news feeds with photograph after photograph. Photography, for me, is more than just capturing a image. It's a excuse to get out and explore, to travel and to find new things. Thanks to my old man for coming out with his Bronica, and putting his acting talents to good use.