A cityscape, without her

Kohei Usuda

2003, 06:00 minutes, Colour


A cityscape, without her is a portrait of the city of Toronto. The film depicts the city in the chromatic procedure in the literal sense of the words. This is done by presenting the architecture, the colours of the changing seasons, the lights of the day, and so on. At the same time this procedure is complemented by the emotion and activity of the people documented in the successive montage of still photographs.

The first part of the film concentrates only on the cityscape with no inhabitants visible in the frame. That is, in the shots the absence is shown within the image by accentuating the empty space within the frame in the place of people. And this absence signifies 'Her' in relation to the film's title. Later in the film, we do get to see people - couples. children, girls, etc. - in their moments of happiness and sadness. By structuring the film in this way I show, through the absent signifier, a vision of the world without love and people longing for it.

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