Christie and I chose Sanford R. Gifford’s, A Gorge in the Mountains (1862) as a representation of ideal, pristine nature. Gifford was of the Hudson River School and he is described as artist that didn’t focus on a specific waterfall or mountain, which was the trend at that time, but rather focused on the atmosphere and light in his paintings. We focused on this point and tried to return this pristine moment back by projecting this image into the air and mist on a roof top.
Why air and mist? We agreed on the idea of pristine being a state that can change very quickly and easily. Air and mist changes it’s state very rapidly, so we tried to capture the “pristine moment” through this process. Timing was very essencial when we were trying to capture on camera.