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Joanna Byrne, 2023, 16mm & 35mm cyanotypes and phytograms, Airedale sunlight, bulbous buttercups, daisies, dandelions, juniper, lady’s smock, meadow foxtail, yarrow and Yorkshire fog.

Analogue film collage (1,149 individually hand-scanned frames) made in collaboration with the Yorkshire landscape and sunlight, using locally foraged plants from Northcliffe Park, a green lung in the air-polluted area of Bradford where I live.

The film was created using two sustainable camera-less filmmaking techniques: the cyanotype - adapted for use with recycled celluloid; and phytography, an eco-film process that uses the natural chemical compounds in plants to print onto film.

These techniques - full of chance operations and happy accidents - produce painterly moving images that oscillate between figuration and abstraction.

The soundtrack is a collage formed of field recordings from the site where the plants were foraged.

  • Joanna Byrne
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm and 35mm film
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Joanna Byrne

Joanna Byrne is a UK-based artist-filmmaker working with tactile, sustainable and collaborative approaches to film and moving image. She works with analogue film (super 8, 16mm) in a hands-on, tactile way: home-processing, editing by hand, and incorporating found footage, hand-manipulation and physical traces of her body into her work. Byrne is interested in the therapeutic and transformational potential of experimental film and expanded cinema practices.

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