I generally gravitate towards places that reveal the many layers of time when deciding on a particular location to set up my camera and tripod. This is when I like to imagine worlds that have passed, worlds that are present, and worlds that are yet to be.
In 2009 Johan Rockström led the team which developed the "Planetary Boundaries Framework," a set of 9 boundaries that they define as a "safe operating space for humanity." These scientists assert that once certain thresholds or tipping points are passed there is a risk of "irreversible and abrupt environmental change." In 1976 a number of companies began selling genetically modified foods and pharmaceuticals for the first time. "Velocity + SEEDLINGS" is conceived from impressions of my recognition that we are in the midst of the "Anthropocene period" and the "Holocene extinction." Eras in which our world is being transformed into something we may, or may not yet imagine.
Filmed on location: Pipers Lagoon, Departure Bay, Shack Island, Smugglers Hill, Nanaimo, British Columbia - Office Building, Abbotsford, British Columbia - Sentinel Industrial Park, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta - Crowsnest Mountain, Coleman, Alberta. Some of these locations are situated on the Ring of Fire, a basin in the Pacific Ocean, while others are situated on the Continental Divide of the Americas. 85 million years ago all these areas were part of a vast global network of swampy marshes and low lying seas.