Photos are nice. They can capture a scene; but they can’t really capture a ‘moment’. When you’re immersed in the outdoors it’s the soundtrack you hear that can make an otherwise everyday scene more inspiring. That’s why, a few years ago, in addition to photographs I started to make the occasional video.
Often times my walks videos have no commentary, and may instead have some random music composed in my head on the walk, or a musical earworm that paced me along the way. I don’t really need to talk when the landscape itself can speak more eloquently than I can. Every now and again I may put some seemingly random voice-over to scenes from a walk, usually to convey the thoughts that the scene inspired at the time.
To make browsing easier the videos are split into sections: Below are the five most recent; there are also pages for 2021 and earlier, and 2022 and later.
Minster Lovell Hall has a surreal quality; especially if the weather adds to the atmosphere. It’s a classic ‘ruin’, but at the same time you can see that centuries of less reverent visitors have scrawled graffiti over many parts of it. More then anything, it’s just an ethereally beautiful place to visit.
I was uncertain about this one. I made it for myself, but wasn’t sure about sharing. However, having slept on it, perhaps others will find it pleasing too. A time-lapse of the setting sun and the rising ‘Pink’ or ‘Awakening Moon’, Saturday 16th April 2022.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2022/12, 8th April 2022:
A lovely frosty Sunday morning, out on Bretch Hill to the west of Banbury, to watch the sun rising over Crouch Hill; then looping around the woodland near North Newington to hear the dawn chorus in the woods.
Note that there is also a 1-minute YouTube short version available.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2022/7, 9th March 2022:
I hadn't intended to make this video, but the images from the walk, and the especially the music, were bugging me. Sometimes the only way to excise such demons is to make them whole. The original Monplaisir music track sounds nothing like it does here, but with a little knob-twiddling I was able to recreate how I heard it in my head after playing the track a few times that week.