Pathway: Sally Potter\'s pathway of visual grammer by Benjamin Rider

A collection of what I believe constructs Sally Potter's filmic language, her artistic imagining and cultural embedding through directorial choices.

Coloured pencil, mounted on black card, Paper, Sketch of bedroom

In this development sketch the early choice for lighting to enter the room from left to right - and a certain concentration on its colourful impact from glass acting a filter is constructed. This is repeated with the 'Interior' scenes, especially the earlier England... culturally the idea of natural light being used by humanity as a cultural effect is established. This is only returned to later in the final section of 'Birth' - with the removal of colours in the office, the white wrapping of plants and finally the child using light to capture footage on her video camera.

1 x A4 black photograph album; 34 vellum pages; 24 x colour prints, Mixed, Presentation book containing Sally Potter's notes on the film and colour photographs of Tilda Swinton at Hatfield House

Here the light is coloured, its presentation although never used for the film is of a highlighting effect and connects with the development of making scenes stand out for their interaction and placing of 'Orlando' within an environment of coloured light.

A4 pages, handwritten, Paper, Pre-draft handwritten notes on key scenes

Besides showing Sally Potter's 'day plan', it identity's the need to have a system for rotating key music which will match the visual content and art direction. To me this symbolises that for Potter there is an invisible element within her work, a kind of seamless editing - rather one which exists with the process of her thought; a premeditated idea of embedding her ideas and interwoven content.

1 x colour slide in transparent plastic hanging sheet, Slides, Photographic Slides of Hatfield House location recces, interior and exterior

To me this photograph rings of the previous images, it collectively represents Potter's soft lens, the imagery of 'simple' and natural feeling. I wonder if the photograph was taken by Potter or by someone else, as to me its framing it familiar with the tea party scene and the feeling of nature - the outside - moving in...