Searching for Strength in a Lachrymose Universe

Stills from a film

Digital video with sound: This short film was shown at Salon 17: New Approaches in Photography 2017 at Four Corners, London


“Whilst working on a photography project in Finland, Charles spent a month in the summer cottage built by her grandparents in the 1970s. As the artist describes; “This house has always been a part of my life and the land and lake are so much a part of me that sometimes it feels like I made it all up. This film began as an attempt to lay these feelings bare; by fully immersing myself in the house and the land I wanted to see if I could become the moss and water and wood, but life around family is never simple and my daily visits to my grandfather were taking priority over everything else.”
Shot over two summer visits using digital video, sound recordings and old family photographs, Charles worked spontaneously and instinctively, editing together overlapping videos with a merging timeline. “The film is about opening up the process of making a film and the chaotic nature of taking on too much, and of being in love with a place and who this place represents.”