Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The spectacular Columbia River Gorge marks the boundary between Oregon and Washington. On a recent drive along the Washington side of the river, I took snippets of video along the way.
Across from Hood River I stopped to watch hundreds of wind surfers scudding over the waves. Farther down the road, a couple of hours were spent exploring the Maryhill Museum of Art, Sam Hill's marvelously incongruous concrete castle perched high and lonely above the water. Hill was one of those visionary, force of nature type guys who became the driving force for building a road through the gorge. Sam planned to make Maryhill home, but his wife took one look, grabbed the kids and scurried back to Minneapolis.
In the museum I learned about Loie Fuller, friend to both Hill and the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Maryhill houses one of the largest collections of Rodin's work in the world. Loie was famous herself--she got her start as a child actress in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and later became a pioneer of modern dance and toast of the Folies Bergere in turn of the century Paris...you can't make this stuff up!
On Whitcomb Island's Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge I watched dragonflies and deer. Continuing east, ghostly white wind towers loomed hundreds of feet above the dry, brown hills.
I began to notice a strange connectedness in the random things I chose to film: from wind-filled surfer's sails to billowing cloth swirling around a dancer, everything had something to do with rhythms, movement, air and time. I threw it all together and this quirky video is the result.