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Time Lapse



I attempted to capture the creation of this fly from start to finish with a series of still images taken to look as though the fly were assembling itself.  When I originally thought to do this, I had no idea how tedious and difficult it would be, stopping every time a bit of progress was made, trying to get the materials aligned, making sure the camera and lighting tent didn't move, trying to get the lighting consistent, all over a period of several weeks... it was really tough.  In the end, the product is decidedly amateurish, but I still thought people might find the time lapse instructive in understanding the process of developing and constructing a one-of-a-kind piece from scratch.  I think it's pretty cool that people can see in 6 minutes what took me so many hours to complete.

What I like about the time lapse sequence is that it builds very slowly, with the fly becoming recognizable only in the waning seconds of the process.  Most people don't realize how much of the arduous task of creating one of these artistic flies is spent securing and preparing materials and envisioning how they'll all go together, that the actual tying of the fly is only the last step in a much longer process.  Also, understand that no sketch or prototype was made prior to assembling this fly, meaning a great deal of time and money were spent preparing to create something that only existed in my head using techniques that to my knowledge had never before been used in flytying.  As the artist, the final assembly of the fly comes with great apprehension.  Can I realize the vision that's in my head, or am I asking too much of the materials and my skill?  In the end, will it look just right, or just a little off?  Will it fall apart easily or will it be durable enough to be wear?  Will it be comfortable or painful?  Until I trim off all the excess material in the final step, questions remain.  It's only after the entire fly is completed that I can sit back and admire its beauty and its flaws and decide whether it realizes my vision.  I hope that the time lapse succeeds in getting the viewer to share, however briefly, a small portion of the uneasiness I felt in constructing the fly.  I want the viewer to wonder along with me:  How is this chaos of materials going to somehow come together to make something clean, composed, and beautiful, something that looks effortless?

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