Reflections on #everydayslo 1
One of the goals of Slo.Media is to educate people, Americans in particular, about the ideas, concepts and potential for slow media in our culture and on our screens. While the Norwegians are pioneers in the space of slow tv, there are many other ways for media, all forms of media, to slow down.
To that end, we asked out first artist contributor, Elaine McMillion Sheldon what she learned, if anything, about what slowness in media looks like.
Sheldon used #everydayslo to follow the people she met while filming a larger documentary piece almost three years ago. She went back through her footage to find moments that did not find their way into her documentary, HOLLOW, but that were part of the story. Over 20 days, we met many residents of McDowell County, West Virginia as they lived the summer of 2012. In telling us about them, she let us in on some of the more personal aspects of producing an intimate storytelling piece like HOLLOW.
Elaine is currently in West Virginia, and has a borderline unhealthy obsession with fog. Typically, she'll film for 20 or 30 seconds, but two weeks ago when she saw fog rising in the mountains, she decided to let the camera roll for six minutes. That decision was a direct result of her experience working with the slow platform.
So much can happen in those 6 minutes. Here is one minute of that recording, now included in the ongoing series 1 minute in Appalachia