While I was in Europe last year, as well as taking lots of still photographs, I filmed over an hour of short video clips - most are only between 30 and 60 seconds long. I wanted to do something with this footage - to use it to tell part of the story of my journey. Individually these clips are nothing special and some are pretty rough. But collectively they represent and remind me of a special adventure.
It was important to me that this wouldn't be visuals trying to fit to a song or a soundtrack trying to fit over a video. I was determined to create both elements in parallel. This took me a bit of getting my head around but eventually I found a way of working that allowed me to progressively build the two together. It was great to work in a different way. I also imposed some discipline on myself to avoid some of the shortcuts I've taken in the past.
So 35 Days is a montage, a record, a travelogue, a glimpse at what the trip was like. But it's not the whole story - there are other aspects that I'd love to be able to express - I just haven't found the right way yet.