Way back in February, I posted a series of whirlpool photographs made by husband, Steven David Johnson. His obsession with whirlpools hasn’t ceased; only deepened. Recently he purchased a wet suit (zipped into it, he closely resembles a superhero) and underwater camera in order to film whirlpools from beneath the surface. He’s created a visual meditation on nature’s instability, layering his video imagery of a small whirlpool in the Shenandoah River’s North Fork over a soundtrack of “All Tremors Cease” by an artist named Erin Dingle (who kindly licensed her work through Creative Commons). The resulting video meditation is dedicated to the victims of 2011’s natural disasters.
There’s something profound about two artists, a videographer and musician, who are unknown to one another, yet are able to collaborate in this very new media format, responding aesthetically to the recent disasters that have have affected our world. We human beings (artists, musicians, whirlpool-watchers) are in this together.
—post text by Anna Maria Johnson, video by Steven David Johnson, music by Erin Dingle