Tacita Dean’s bewitching eulogy to film (and capturing of the ‘green ray’ – do you see it?).
The text below is from this interview with Jeffrey Eugenides
This is really interesting, because I filmed it on this beach in Madagascar, and there was this couple who were hanging around. They didn’t see the green ray, and they’d videotaped the sunset to document it. Then they replayed their video to me for proof that it wasn’t there. But I was absolutely convinced that I had seen it, so it had to be on my film, which was optical and analog. When I got the film back, it was very, very faint, and I had to really push it to get more color in the film, to bring out the green ray. But it’s definitely there. It’s not a fiction. Some people think the green ray is an illusion, but it’s not.
I suddenly realised we are just about to lose this really beautiful medium we created 125 years ago [..] Digital is also a fantastic medium. It’s got massive potential [..] But I love film and I don’t want to lose my ability to make film and it looks like I probably will.