Waiting... under Branches

I'm of several minds about this shot. It has an ethereal, dreamlike quality, caused by the overexposure and focus on the background being broken by the foreground. Combined with the sound of people (and children, especially) playing off-screen, this vantage point, feeling hidden under these layers of vegetation, can also give it a sinister, voyeuristic quality, of someone... well, waiting for something, watching the plants ahead but in an unfocused state where what matters more is what is heard, not what is seen. And then there are the blindingly white highlights. Perhaps the person is not waiting for something, but from something: what those highlights reflect, the brightness and heat of the sun at midday.

Ultimately, this shot can mean one or more things, and it all depends on how you position yourself as the viewer—and what you see and hear in it.

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By Joaquim Baeta. The files associated with this video are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. You are free to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon them in any medium or format, even for commercial purposes, provided you give appropriate credit to Joaquim Baeta.

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