for Richard

Text by Gerrie van Noord to accompany On Edge exhibition at The Traveling Gallery

When watching for Richard you’re lucky if you don’t suffer from motion sickness. The video follows the voyage of the ferry that travels to and from the isle of Mull. The images were captured by a camera positioned on the ferry deck, looking out to its surroundings, giving us the impression we’re stood on the ferry deck ourselves, rolling up and down, following the movement of the vessel on the waves. We see the sky, water and land when the ferry is moored at either end of its voyage, but when it’s out on open water our field of vision is blocked by the vertical ferry door. The sense of moving up and down, and sometimes slightly to the left and right, is conveyed by what we can see through the small slits on either side of the door that show us what’s behind.

for Richard makes us aware of how we usually move through our environment and how we are totally adept at navigating, without thinking adjusting balance by slightly bending a knee or moving sideways to avoid something. Watching for Richard we cannot be give in to the movement of the ferry itself, and become aware of how our vision and what we see can trick us or even betray us.

t s Beall is interested in exploring the mechanics of perception, and in how video and film can play with it. She’s a long-standing admirer of photographers such as the German Bechers and American Walker Evans, and their matter-of-fact approach to their subjects and the stillness of much of their imagery. She uses the often fast-paced medium of video to examine things slowly, and much of her work is about what the camera gives, or doesn't, and what the environment or the site suggests.