When the songs of humpback whales were released to the public domain in 1970 it was another kind of stunning encounter—not one that was terrifying (though it may also have been so) but rather, inspiring. That they sang—something humans hold dear, one of our deepest, broadest, most complex, yet most common arts of self-expression—forced us to confront consciousness beyond the human. That humpbacks sing changed everything.
Salt of My Eyes is a poetic essay film about the attempt to connect with the ”the mysterious other” whose culture and life is still out of reach but who are constantly disturbed and destroyed by human actions. In the film I observe the culturally complex human and whale relationship, the origin and the end of life on earth and myths and dreams of becoming wanderer of the big oceans.
Working with this project 2020-21