The Power of Slow

There is such power and expression in the slowness.

What is it about slow motion? As a sculptor of something that is stationary I wonder, “why am I intrigued with slow motion, especially of animals or the human form.” I think that it might be that while viewing slow motion we are privy to the different nuances of emotion and movement. Slowing things down makes me think, “Ah there, if I could capture it right there, then a few second later,” I say, “and that movement, oh isn’t that beautiful, if I could capture that right there.” Of course, to be specific, it would be better if I could see the slow motion from different angels, all at the same time. That is what a sculptor does. The movement of a piece needs to look good from all sides, all directions, though one angle is probably the strongest or the most seen depending on the placement of the sculpture.
On another note, there is the anatomy. My heart skips a beat when I see the dog jump. Look at the power in the feet. I think, “Do I know this power because I have seen the frames before this action and the frames after the action? Would it be possible to have that same feeling if you saw that motion captured as a sculpture, and at which stage would I have to capture it to present that power?”

I think I should like to do a study. A study of slow motion as it pertains to art. How? My sculpting process is slow, meticulous. What if you combined slow and fast? What if I sculpted extremely fast, as sketches, which is a great practice, by the way, but interestingly enough, I never find I have the time to sculpt fast. What if I quickly sculpted different stills of movement as they are slowed and captured? Again I would need cameras from different angels to study the movement.

…interestingly enough, I never find I have the time to sculpt fast.

So look at this video not just as a commercial, but look at it for the emotion, the power, as a study of form and movement.

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