Meditations on the Northern Shore

1986, 15:44 min, color, sound

The body of a male nude, seen only in ambiguous fragments, is set against the forlorn landscape of the northern shoreline of Lake Superior, connoting mystery and isolation in this dramatic visual study of the male figure in landscape. As surging water and towering rocks confront the body, human forms echo natural forms in "still-life" compositions, as Byrne makes unexpected use of close-ups, inverted angles, point of view, fragmentation, and subtle tensions of his precarious hand-held camera. Infused with the translucence of northern light and set to a contemplative score, this modernist pictorial rendering literally and metaphorically fuses man and nature in the Romantic tradition.

Composer/Musician: Bradley Sowash.