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Typhoid Aphorisms

About the Movie

director: Solomon Nagler

Halifax, Nova Scotia in our garden

Phytograms made April/May 2020. iPhone footage shot by Zev Nagler on June 12th

3min 35sec

shot on: Cameraless exposures made on expired colour reversal 16mm film, processed using washing soda and saltwater, iPhone 6

edited with: Adobe Premier

Fleeting images and text created during these months of uncertainty document lucid COVID dreams that manifest as aphorisms.

“This was our domestic loop, homeschooling in a potted jungle, struggling to draw indexical lines to divide the blur of our everyday. Studio work inevitably becomes a collaboration between parent and child with phytograms and field notes created in our garden. Fleeting scraps of solitary isolation are only gleaned at daybreak, documenting lucid COVID dreams that manifest as aphorisms about touch and longing. Panic during the plague evokes archive fever, and this project collects the scraps of images and text creating during these months of uncertainty. This whisper of a film weaves 16mm cameraless exposures with digital images produced from a phone that was also a window to the emerging global pandemic. The celluloid exposures grounded me as I was drowning in a river of backlit news headlines, affirming the tactility of place, light and time.” – Solomon Nagler