A short feature on one of the simplest but most effective mood and focus defining artistic choices in film by movie essayist wolfcrow.
A fascinating sequence taken from an upcoming PBS documentary ‘Octopus: Making Contact’ (you may have seen BBC2’s ‘Octopus In My House’) in which a sleeping octopus is observed by marine biologist Dr David Sheel who theorises that her colour changes are caused by cephalopodic dreaming.
The series is set in front of a matte black background and features two nude models whose skin has also been painted black. The works seek to unpack the negative aspects of the both the colour and its symbolism.
More of his work here.
Radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights of ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink,” the Nautilus crew shares. “But without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark.