As Above So Below – Carolyn Black 

A swing hangs below an oak tree, looking out across a wide river
As Above So Below - Carolyn Black
A swing hangs below an oak tree, looking out across a wide river
As Above So Below – Carolyn Black

Artist video music by Andrew Heath, 1 minute 48 seconds 

As Above So Below is a brief foray into multiple-angled shots, using a range of processes simultaneously. The set-up was carefully planned and orchestrated, the weather clement and my focus good. And I don’t mean on my cameras, I mean in my mind.  

During lockdown my capacity to give genuine attention was limited. My brain was like a butterfly, flitting about, landing, settling for a while, then off again. I walked to the location time and time again. I sat on the swing, listened, watched and assimilated what I saw, smelt, felt and heard. I gathered various cameras – a 360-degree camera, iPad for animation, video cam for the view. 

My walking body became another lens, of sorts. A sensor. 

The split-frame film reflects my wandering thoughts, the narration edits as it goes.

Carolyn has a BA and MA in Fine Art and a post-grad diploma in printmaking. She is a writer, artist and visual arts producer. The Summer of 2020 created space for her to invest in her studio practice. It was a good time – having works selected for shows – When You Call I Shall Come was in Earthphoto2020 and As Above So Below shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. She has not looked back since – only upriver, and downriver. 

She is currently involved with various walking and drawing networks, as well as immersing herself in much river-focused research.

www.carolynblackart.com