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Raking Light

James Richards

Germany, 2014
7 minutes, colour, stereo, 16:9
Original format: HD video
Available formats: HD digital file
Raking Light - James Richards (2014)

Raking Light takes its name from an examination method used in art conservation, where a strong light is shone directly across the surface of a painting to highlight details or irregularities. Looped fragments of moving image gathered from diverse sources – including diaristic footage filmed on a hand-held camera, and fleeting images from cult films – come together to form an elliptical, allusive film about the act of looking, a ‘study of opacity and sheen.’