Here is a video of Hobo Chic, shot at Malham Cove. I've had a go at applying my photography skills to videography.. and it's my first ever try, so be kind!
I have huge respect for some of my talented film creating friends (you know who you are). Not only is there an innate understanding of light, focus and composition, and all that is involved in photography; but it is all in constant stasis with movement and transition. I have only tried it once or twice, just to explore the capabilities of my new camera, and already I feel like I'm improving. It feels like an exciting challenge which might push my photography further, and even inform the way I work. Panic not though. I won't be venturing far from my photography roots..
There are three parts to this video.. the location, the artist and the track. Firstly, we filmed at the top of Malham Cove: one of my favourite places to adventure (usually followed by a pint in the Lister Arms), and a stunning piece of geological miracle; some might recognise the dramatic limestone pavement at its peak, from Harry Potter's final film The Deathly Hallows Part II. The centre of this video of course, is Hobo Chic. Many of you will already know that this is my better half, and super talented all round loveliest guy, Adam Speight. He lead our trek down the rocky path, guitar case in hand, helping me over stiles and down cliff drops, to this incredible viewpoint. If you're ever in the area, you MUST visit it. And finally, the track is 'A Change is Gonna Come' by the legendary (and all too often forgotten) soul legend, Sam Cooke. I may be biased, but Hobo Chic's one take performance of this is awesome, no cutting or editing, just one simple shot, (with a few wobbles from me). Once we had finished and the light completely gone,
a gorgeous rainbow shot across the sky, like our own magical 'Arc de Triomphe' to walk home through- victorious.
To any of you videographic geniuses, or just Hobo Chic fans, forgive my humble (albeit experimental) venture into your world. I'd love to hear what you think and how I did. And one last thing.. Go see this hair faced lovely's website, and some more of his videos.
A 'post script' note to self: next time you do this Gemma, take the battery grip off (fool). I love the weight of my camera for stills, but holding the weight of it above your shoulders, holding it super still and trying not to tremble, is no small task. #ladyguns