Peter Matthews

An Image In Orbit

2013. Video stills in the form of a digital image. Dimensions variable. 8 images in project.

Stepping into the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan during a winter storm with a video camera attached to a length of rope, through the action of generating enough speed and pull, the camera orbits itself in an ever increasing distance of reach.  Motivated to capture and record the mystical and changing elements of the ocean and universe in its constant state of flux, unpredictable and unseen images are pulled from the camera’s footage as it seeks to push out there and travel beyond the everyday limits of perception and reach.  What of what had been lost can be found again.  To travel to the edge of some place and time still unexplored in this world and bring back a fragment of this new visual information in a pursuit to understand where we are and where we might be going.

A video showing the making process of An Image In Orbit while working in the wake of a Pacific Ocean storm.