In today’s digital world, we are constantly creating video footage—with our mobile phones or professional cameras—that ends up saved in storage, never serving any real purpose. For filmmakers, the current pandemic and isolation have provided an opportunity to rediscover their personal archives and use it to create something new.
Author: Anna Dziapshipa
How deserted lies the city
At times, it is easy to believe that life is much more complex and bewildering than our wildest fantasies. Reality is much more complicated than our creativity. And that makes documentaries and archives so precious.
Being in a lockdown and waking up to an increasingly dystopian world every day, I think constantly about loneliness and realize how much my perception of this notion is changing. What I meant by loneliness just weeks or months ago has already vanished.
This thought leads me to my personal archives. My attempts to document moments of solitude. Images of being alone behind different mediums as an observer and appreciator of remoteness.
I made this short video from archives that were never meant to be public. They come from different countries, throughout different years, different moments and seconds depicted with various moods but perceived from today’s perspective.
This is a tiny tribute to past loneliness.