The Light

Brian Doyle

2003, 10:18 minutes, colour, English


The Light reveals a world that seeks understanding. Shot across America in New York, Florida, and Nevada, it describes a non-place, a universal journey from the countryside to an urban construction ground. The journey is progress substantiated. Lights grow from lone street lamps to groups of work lights, from myriad klieg lights traversing the night sky to clusters of 7000 watt xenon rays that seem to carve an inverse hole into the void.The light becomes a metaphor for human struggle, through technology and determination, to see through the darkness.

The progression ends at the World Trade Center memorial lights, shown not in direct conjunction with the events that brought about their existence, but with a formal and abstracted transcendence. Reduced to their core essence of pure light, the lights are transformed into a flood of photons hurled into the sky - the end result of an immense effort to check the profound darkness.

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