The Essence of Time

''The Essence Of Time'' is a  new local-national/international virtual engagement multi-art digital exchange project exploring how we perceive space in time/specifically nature as differently abled people.  The ‘Essence of Time’ takes inspiration from our outdoor lived environment, be that urban or rural. It reconnects us as a creative to the natural world and to the way we have interfered and greedily exploited the gifts of nature.

Time in Nature or Nature in Time

 15 artists have come together to make brand new pieces which will be displayed here weekly on Fridays starting February 19, 2021. 

Essence of Time Artists 


Essence I

Soobie and Philip

 This uses most of Soobie's movement, I have cut it to fit the music and added some touches back and forth. I think that this is a very clear reflection on the 'nature of time' with all the nature elements...leaves, trees etc. I used a cartoon effect because it really brings out the amazing colour of the leaves. Also, Soobie's movements remind of a fairytale in some ways and I think the comic/cartoon effect accentuates that too.


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Click an eye to meet Soobie or Philip!

Essence II

Ozan and Lila

Ozan named his contribution 'Childhood' and the film feels to me very much like a memory. To bring that out, I left his sound design and black and white photography in place, but broke the film up into pieces. These pieces are placed around the screen and each time a new piece is added the previous clips fade into its place, until the screen is covered.

Ozan added some light piano music to his sound design, but I felt it needed something more. I liked Lila's track a lot, it helps to add another layer of depth. This reminds me a little of Thomas' film which also had a 'memory' theme.

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Click an eye to meet Ozan or Lila!


Essence III

Ashley and Mike

I was thinking about the space Ashley is moving in. It's a tourist spot and a place where many people take photos and videos every day. I wanted to play with this idea by presenting the piece as a strip of film, as though we are looking through someone's old footage.


To bring out the movement a little more I used an effect that shapes the light around objects. In this case as Ashley is surrounded by light from the city below, this helps her image to pop out with an ethereal quality.

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Click an eye to meet Ashley or Mike

Essence IV

Yellow Styles and Viviana 

 I kept the structure of the original video and inserted the progress of Viviana's picture throughout, also using it to cover the sections of the video that didn't match. It's very different from the other pieces, so to tie it together I used a similar technique to Soobie's video, but with a strong yellow colour.
The captions have been added over the top so that they are strong and yellow, but we can still see the images behind. These captions look like a warning and I think that fits with the style of the delivery.


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Click an eye to meet Stylez or Viviana

Essence V

Pierre, Anita, Isolte and David 

  I was trying to focus on contrast by placing things in a certain way. The land and the sea. Isolte's movement and David's stillness. Sign language and singing. Sometimes these things come together (like the hands) and sometimes they are apart. I did the same thing with the colours, which cycle in contrast through the whole spectrum. I did the same thing with the shadows, David appears in the sunlight and also inside Pierre's shadow.


Robert Corcoran 73degree films