Please watch the video first, then read this as an explanation. (click "more")
I wanted to put some of my photos together as an Audio Visual presentation for my Camera Club, and initially used some nice relaxing music, but was searching through my collection of MP3's and wondered if this sound track of Chief Seattle might kind of work.
The first thing that occurred to me was the obvious opportunity to try to match the images to the words which meant the pace of showing the images was rather fast in some instances. I would have preferred to linger on some shots to let the eye take it in, but obviously it was driven by the pace of the narrative. To some extent I feel it also means that getting away from an instrumental music track might cause the viewer to have their attention slightly diverted from just enjoying the photography, so then it had a different kind of impact because of the 'message' of the speech. However, I do love nature so I rather sympathise with the message and decided to go with it.
There are several versions of this supposed monologue by Chief Seattle as you will find with minimal research.
I took this one as the basis for an Audio Visual presentation for Kinross Camera Club.
All photos are my own from around my home in Scotland. I do not have rights over the soundtrack.
I had first seen this as a video where the same soundtrack (or similar) was accompanied by stills and video depicting scenes of pollution (of Rivers, etc.) and road kills (of animals) and it was a jarring reminder of man's abuse of the environment. I don't take many negative photographic subjects, preferring to keep my vision deliberately "blinkered" to focus on the beautiful things I see around me, but recently I visited what should have been a nice beauty spot and found an excessive amount of litter in an old flooded quarry used by people for swimming. Sadly they left an awful lot of trash, so I put in just a few images towards the end deliberately meant to have impact. I believe there is a spiritual message in the words too and Scotland is very dear to my heart, so I did want to kind of express that in the video - perhaps all the more poignant in the light of our impending referendum.