Ron Fricke, Godfrey Reggio, Qatsi trilogy, time lapse films
I've recently watched the unbelievable Qatsi trilogy by Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi), filmed by Ron Fricke and scored by Philip Glass, as well as the films Baraka and Chronos filmed by Ron Fricke.
These are not really movies -- there is no narrative and no actors. They're stunning, arresting images and sequences filmed in slow motion and time lapse from all over the world, and brilliantly scored.
They seem to encompass a lot of the aesthetic debates we have about "truth" and "message" in photography -- and in a way they seem to have more continuity with photography than they do with filmmaking.
It almost feels like the future of the photographic art -- like it takes photography to its logical next step, which is creating narrative through image alone.
It makes me want to create the same kind of images with my still photography -- and in a couple cases I feel like I have -- but it challenges me to look through things rather than at things. It sort of subverts the 'transparency' discussion and applies it to the world itself rather than the images.
Anyone else seen them, or have similar feelings?