Peter’s Stone God

This was the first proper film I made as a student on the MA Visual Anthropology course at the University of Manchester in 1996. The brief was to make a film about a relationship. I knew Peter through friends in the Calder Valley where both Peter and I lived.

It was filmed on a large Panasonic video camera with fullsize VHS tapes. The editing at the time was all analogue – each rough cut was a matter of working through the material in a linear way, laying down sections shot by shot, scene by scene.

I hadn’t looked at the film for about 12 years and then recently I was asked to do a talk at an art gallery about professional development and working with diverse audiences. I decided to watch it. It occured to me that its central premise – the intimate relationship between practices of making and crafting of selves – is what my work is still about.

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