Lines on a Slow Decline| 10mins
Director: Jason Britski | Producer: Jason Britski
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Canada
"Lines on a Slow Decline" is a portrait of my neighborhood; shot within a 5-block radius on Super 8 film and full-format VHS video. My central aim for this project stems from a basic desire to create a document of my surroundings, and in a larger sense to examine the relationship that exists between my environment and identity. For years I have been obsessed with power lines, and this is the driving impulse behind this project. The power lines themselves are essentially the central character in "Lines on a Slow Decline". This obsession is connected to formal considerations - such as color, texture, abstraction, and also more subtle notions of travel and identity. In the past I have always sought to document objects and events, because of their transitory nature. The fact that their existence is fleeting is of interest to me, as well as the more spontaneous approach that is needed when tackling a project such as this. In essence, this project could be compared to a line drawing, with the power lines forever omnipresent in front of the lens of each respective camera.