Backwaters, 2003

Runtime: 3’18”

Backwaters was shot from a rice vessel that was my travelling home for several days as it waded through a complex network of fresh water lagoons, rivers and channels along the border of the inner coast of Kerala. It is a filmed palimpsest where the scenery is transmuted by the erratic sinuosity of several cords that alternately conceal and reveal the dark silhouette of the vegetation along the river at twilight. With Backwaters I once again express my determination to “draw” with the camera, as I did in a series of 14 photographs that I took several years ago in the sacred Ganges city of Varanasi, where for several weeks I would walk in the late afternoon looking for the peculiar light posts with grotesque tangles of cables like calligraphic trees outlined against the pure white sky.