To commemorate the longest day of the year, today I am proud to release the music video that I shot for Norwegian ethereal folk artist Runahild’s song “Heimferd”.
Runahild’s music has a magical feel to it – a simple, primal resonance that opens the listener to the awe of the natural world – and it’s a feeling I know well from all my exploratory hikes at Cinnamon Ridge over the past year. When her album Seidhjallar was released in January I was so captivated by it that I felt compelled to create a dreamlike visual narrative featuring the desolate, semi-arid desert scenery I have come to know so well.
According to Runahild, “Heimferd” is about, “connecting with a soul mate who makes you feel home and whole as you transcend time and space to the source life of your being in an ever-going process of healing, growing and becoming your true self. It is about the fusion of the sacred feminine and masculine energies in the universe that is the source of all creation when they become one.”
With this theme in mind, I asked local dance instructor and outdoor enthusiast Tracy Doree to accompany me on some epic hikes at Cinnamon Ridge and the surrounding snow-covered grasslands of Lac du Bois. Her improvised dance movements shot on-location were the focal point which connects the viewer to both the music and the breathtaking landscapes.
My deepest thanks to both Tracy and Runahild for making this video possible.
In medieval Europe, the eve of May heralded the beginning of summer and was a common cause for celebration among its various peoples. According to German folklore, the “witches” (Christianity’s umbrella term for pagan spiritualists) of the woods in central Germany gathered on “Witches Night” to observe ancient rituals with feasting and fire.
Although recently a “Witches Walk” was staged here in Kamloops to commemorate the changing seasons, there is no official public acknowledgement of the Hexennacht tradition – but that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. As an avid hiker there is nothing I enjoy more than exploring the breathtaking desert landscapes that surround this city, particularly at Cinnamon Ridge, which I have extensively scouted and photographed every season for the last year. I can’t imagine a better place to welcome the desert summer than here, nor a better means of greeting than to recreate the nature-revering spiritual traditions of the past.
Huge thanks to my model and creative collaborator, Tracy, for her dedication to and enthusiasm for this project!
For those of you that use Facebook, by now you may have seen the “Woodwitch” portrait series featuring Casper Macabre. If not, here is an opportunity to view some of the monochrome images from that series and also to vote on your favourites. I’d like to make some of the images available as postcards so I’ve created a poll you can quickly scroll through and check the boxes for your favourites here.