A Short Film by Pat Collins
Coming from inland West Cork originally, I noticed when I first moved to Baltimore almost 12 years ago, that my eyes were continually drawn to the land behind the house rather than the sea in front of us. Maybe I was out of my element. But gradually, over time, my eyes drifted to the sea. In 2017, I made a half hour film, Twilight, which was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. I filmed the evening sky behind the hills over the course of two years on perhaps fifty different evenings. It’s not so much that I’m a perfectionist, far from it, but I think I just enjoyed the experience of filming so much that I didn’t want to stop – absorbing the light and the way the sound slowly changed. I’ve had a very similar experience with ‘The Sea’. I didn’t want this film to have any sense of exile from the world, or any sense of anxiety. I wanted it to feel as if the world was taking long deep breaths and we were breathing with it. I actually began before ‘lockdown’ but the restrictions allowed for a far greater concentration. Restrictions can be liberating. It was, for the most part, just me and a camera. All of the material is shot within a few hundred yards of the house. Some of it even just inside the door, out of the gales. The ships and boats pass by, high up on the sea - they appear distant and close simultaneously, shifting and still all at once.
“I didn’t want this film to have any sense of exile from the world, or any sense of anxiety. I wanted it to feel as if the world was taking long deep breaths and we were breathing with it.”