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Fisherman : Novoflex 105mm

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Fisherman : Novoflex 105mm

After finding the correct helicoidal for this well known enlarger lens, a macro tube was added and then bellows and so on. I shot the footage without a music in mind - the subject being diffraction patterns from cob webs using natural light (an AL-M9 LED with tracing paper diffusion appeared on the shoe at one point). The fish shots are from a Pentax WG1 shoot. With the colours being so bright and organised I had at first looked to early electronic music, but failed to find a synergy, with the images remaining organically 'real'. The 'pulses' were almost dub-like, so I switched to look into the roots archives.

The Congos have three vocalists and they create layer effects over several octaves (tenor, falsetto and baritone). Comparisons of approach can be made with bands like 'The Temptations' who also touched on social subjects whilst interthreading narratives between contrasting vocal heights. 'The Temptations' worked their soul from 'Motown' Detroit; 'The Congos' produced their roots reggae music from Lee Scratch Perry's 'Black Arc' studio in Kingston Jamaica - both groups letting their environment colour their sounds and rhythms.

The track 'Fisherman' seems to get into the heart of the speed and rhythms of Reggae. When compared to popular dance floor rhythms, roots reggae can sound slow, but with 'songster' folk lyrics of 'rowing a boat to catch the fish to feed a family', you find that the beats align with those of coastal fishing - the long pull of an oar resolving the rhythm's cycle and the reflections of the dub's echo and reverb completing the rippling effects of saltwater wave and reflection. Seen in this light, the rhythm is as strong and pragmatic as an island culture.

Jamaica is a vivid and multi talented island from the Caribbean. Elsewhere the music of the Congos can surprisingly be Baka (just) Aka and Mbuti.

'Fisherman' is the first track from the 1977 LP 'Heart of the Congos'. The influence of the Congos spread outside of reggae and can be heard in acts as divers as 'Massive Attack' and 'Talking Heads'. One element of the influence was the record's producer Lee Scratch Perry, who has a co-writing credit for two of the albums historical tracks 'Fisherman' and 'Congoman'. By employing mixing effects during live takes, and with the performing musicians in eye contact, Lee Scratch Perry aligned his production effects with a sense of timing and moment - in effect 'playing' the studio sounds with the musicians. Whilst his influence might be measured against great production minds like George Martin, it would be wrong to further elevate Lee Scratch Perry to the fantasy role of dictatorial 'Shaman' - a man who 'caused' the music he touched, as this would run against the reality of an Island that was full of creative communities, of musicians with ideas and techniques and group members.

Whilst the subject of the filming was diffraction effects and bokeh effects and not spiders webs and threads, it is interesting to reflect that the spider is another expression of 'fisherman' with another scale of net. Spiders are often cast as carnivores waiting for flys to fall for their neo mathematical traps. Whilst this is certainly part of their strategy, it is really just a protein rich supplement to a lifestyle that is often closer to vegetarian, for spiders webs so often keep going in shuttered rooms without flys. The air - especially in spring and summer - is a vast shoal of pollen, finer seeds such as grass and orchid seed, dried skin, soil dust, diesel's micro particles, cigar smoke and more from the world of industry and commerce. A spider's web catches all that touches its sticky threads. Most days, the spider eats his own web, and in so doing digests the fresh 'catch' of micro food. There are differences between spider species, but a fly is a large particle, but not a necessary particle for a strategy that can at times appear as a 'passive' baleen whales for air rather than water.

There are several version of the track available. I find that some exaggerate dub effects at the expense of a sense of place and the version behind this moving lens test is from the original LP. The archival and enabling work of Manchester's Mick Hucknall must be greatly admired.

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Reggae Sundance 2016

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Reggae Sundance 2016

An Impression of the Reggae Sundance Festival held August 13, 2016 in Eindhoven The Netherlands. With Taffari, Nature, The Congos, Jah Cure, Julian Marley, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Shabba Ranks (with JC Lodge, Gia Re and Xanadu).

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Reggae Sundance 2016

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Reggae Sundance 2016

An Impression of the Reggae Sundance Festival held August 13, 2016 in Eindhoven The Netherlands. With Taffari, Nature, The Congos, Jah Cure, Julian Marley, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Shabba Ranks (with JC Lodge, Gia Re and Xanadu).

Pictures by Danny Creatah
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Reggae Sundance 2016

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Reggae Sundance 2016

An Impression of the Reggae Sundance Festival held August 13, 2016 in Eindhoven The Netherlands. With Taffari, Nature, The Congos, Jah Cure, Julian Marley, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Shabba Ranks (with JC Lodge, Gia Re and Xanadu).

Pictures by Danny Creatah
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Reggae Sundance 2016

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Reggae Sundance 2016

An Impression of the Reggae Sundance Festival held August 13, 2016 in Eindhoven The Netherlands. With Taffari, Nature, The Congos, Jah Cure, Julian Marley, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Shabba Ranks (with JC Lodge, Gia Re and Xanadu).

Pictures by Danny Creatah
www.worldareggae.com

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Reggae Sundance 2016

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Reggae Sundance 2016

An Impression of the Reggae Sundance Festival held August 13, 2016 in Eindhoven The Netherlands. With Taffari, Nature, The Congos, Jah Cure, Julian Marley, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Shabba Ranks (with JC Lodge, Gia Re and Xanadu).

Pictures by Danny Creatah
www.worldareggae.com

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Reggae Sundance 2016

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Reggae Sundance 2016

An Impression of the Reggae Sundance Festival held August 13, 2016 in Eindhoven The Netherlands. With Taffari, Nature, The Congos, Jah Cure, Julian Marley, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Shabba Ranks (with JC Lodge, Gia Re and Xanadu).

Pictures by Danny Creatah
www.worldareggae.com

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