In this blog filmmaker/photographer/artist Nicholas Godsell reflects back on his time spent at People United’s Beach Hut 136 nine months ago in September 2016. Make sure you watch his short film Such Tidings as These at the end of the post.
My September residency as Teatime and Tide at People United’s BeachHut 136 was both an exciting and a daunting prospect. As my first solo residency I had a headful of ideas of what I wanted to do, but, as it transpires, I actually achieved very few of them.
Being in the space at differing times of the day I found myself spending more time thinking and daydreaming about what I was going to produce, than actually making anything; a short time-lapse here, an installation there, but mostly I was preoccupied with how it felt to be there, in that moment.
I spent hours watching the world go by, recording time in pictures and words, not really knowing what I was going to do with any of it, if anything at all. I was just enjoying experiencing the space, the sights and the sounds and, on occasion, the people.
As my residency came to an end I looked at the collection of film and poetry and prose and photographs I had produced and my heart sank, as I couldn’t see anything of value in any of it. I have spent the last nine months piecing the material together, continuing my reflecting and experimenting back in the studio and have finally realised that I had something there all along, I just had to sweep away all the complex ideas I had, that were clouding the simplicity of what the residency was about; just being in that space.
Such Tidings as These
A long drawn intake of breath,
Then an outspoken rush of sound,
Which spits and fizzles out,
Amidst the clatter of bickering pebbles;
Bracing themselves as the tide slowly inhales,
And shouts once again, echoed along the shore;
Hush, hush, hush…
Thank you People United and Hut 136.