4K Video Projects

Over the last several years I have created five video pieces in 4K resolution for large-scale projection. I originally made my living with a camera as a filmmaker, so the current video work is something of a return to my roots—a chance to rekindle and build on my skills in the making of moving imagery.

But the more immediate impetus for the new video work was a commission I did for the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its Boston Pops mode.

I was asked to produce a montage of my landscape images to be projected on a forty-five foot screen above the orchestra during two live performances in Boston Symphony Hall. The music was Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”.

As an outgrowth of this experience, the first of the new videos is edited to the lyrical Largo, or slow movement, of the Dvorak symphony. It is thirteen minutes in length and expands the Boston montage to include new work—107 images in all.

The project is created in 4K resolution to take advantage of the high level of detail captured in my 4″x5″ film transparencies. 4K is the standard for digital projection of feature films in commercial cinemas. The resolution is roughly four times greater than that of full high definition television.

Video still

The other four video projects, also in 4K resolution, are short animated pieces built from abstract elements, some of which emerge from my camera-based work. They run three to four minutes each and have music tracks by twentieth century composers Bela Bartok, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Arvo Pärt that are synced to and reinforce the moving visual imagery.

Video still

The five-video series is intended for large-scale projection in an installation that also features framed landscape photographs and prints of my camera-based work hanging in a conventional gallery outside the darkened video space.

A still from a “temporal painting” that slowly evolves and “re-paints” itself over three and a half minutes.