Memory Shorts

Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind
To arrive there is what you are destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for many years,
So you’re old by the time you reach the isle,
Wealthy with all you have gained on the way
And not expecting Ithaca to make you rich

– C.P Cavafy

Making these short movies had a couple of motivations. First, I wanted to see if I could actually do this while traveling (they were all made on my iPod). Second, by making them it actually made me feel like I was paying more attention to where I was. I was experiencing and thinking about places with the idea of making a movie about them, and this made me look closely and ask questions : What are all the pieces that make up a place? How can I observe them? What is the best way to capture those pieces, those feelings, on video? Making these films and thinking this way made places I had been to before come alive with new perspectives, and it made places I had never been before seem less foreign. I think that making these movies made for a vivid accumulation of memory, or rather, a vivid making of new stories, and made the feeling of traveling less hurried.

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