352MC – Laura Hynd
– A beautiful inspiration –
I recently stumbled upon this video by Laura Hynde. I couldn’t help feeling a sense of sadness and lost when watching it and didn’t know any of the context about the piece before watching it. After watching it I found out that it is related to death and I couldn’t work out why I felt sad when watching it. Maybe it reminded me of grandparents that have left me.
The dramatic peaceful music with a range of unpredictable dynamics leaves me feeling tense. I guess I relate this kind of music with bad things happening, maybe that is from films I have watched in the past. The square imagery and sounds of water give me a sense of claustrophobia.
Text taken from Laura Hynd’s website – INTRODUCTION: MY GRANDFATHER, AGED 27 WAS HOLIDAYING WITH HIS FAMILY IN A HUT IN A VALLEY AMONG THE SCOTTISH HILLS AND MAKING A HOME MOVIE OF THE HOLIDAY. THE YEAR WAS 1947. HE SAW A YOUNG LOCAL GIRL AND ASKED HER MOTHER IF SHE COULD BE IN HIS FILM. SHE SAID YES. MARY WAS 17 AND THEY STARTED FILMING SHORTLY AFTERWARDS. IN THE MAKING OF THE FILM, THEY FELL IN LOVE. THEY MARRIED AND GAVE BIRTH TO MY MOTHER IN 1948. GRANDAD BUILT HIS OWN HOLIDAY HUT IN THE PLACE THAT THEY MET. WITH NO ELECTRICITY OR WATER YOU ARE LEFT TO THE GREEN HILLS TO SURVIVE. IT IS A SIMPLE PLACE. THE FRESH BURNS (SCOTTISH FOR STREAM) FLOW THROUGH THE VALLEY. WE SCATTERED MY GRANDFATHER’S ASHES NEXT TO THE HUT ON JULY 22ND 2010.
I see my work relating to this with the powerful music and the style of imagery. Although the music in my piece is from a different genre, the tension that I feel is similar to the tension I feel when I watch mine.