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Sarah Riseborough

At St Abb’s what resonated with me were the looping cycles of time in terms of human activity (for instance surveys and maintenance) and that of nature (tidal, seasonal, migratory) the processes of natural erosion, of evolution, geology that presented me with a picture of constant flux. It is the task of the reserve to hold, in trust, as nationally critical, this habitat to support rare species. It is also a fact that the reserve is kept in this way by careful management, that it is a fact of human existence that the land is held is such precarious stasis (rather than permitted to naturally evolve,) that because of man’s habit of appropriating natural wilderness and removing such supporting and valuable habitats this area must necessarily be managed.

This is balance and is in the balance and is dutifully monitored from a position; reliable, unblinking and in its own way, constant though not always visible. I think that is the film.

I will offer a way of seeing, just gazing, as if at a far away scene. Film can suggest narrative; that something is about to happen. No-thing happens in the film, but the phenomena shared (my view down the lens of the camera) can be enjoyed as a view, as a moving painting.