Winter has become an irreplaceable part for most of Canadians. It occupies all the shortest days and coldest nights of a year. When a power of great nature transformed the landscape into a huge playground, people love to skiing, skating, throwing snowball to each other just for fun, some love watching the collective of snow falling from the tree or from the roof of car while driving. I love the silence, peacefulness and sense of isolation that winter gives me. Since it has been a really tough winter for Canadians this year, people suffered from the severe storm, some even loss their loved one. How powerful the winter is, which reminds me the fragileness, gratuity of my humanity.
While I was wondering around the city, I found that in such freezing environment, there were so many hot steam floating into air, which comes from the funnel of a building, exhaust gas from car, subway steam from street covers, people`s smoking, and our breathing. I decided to make a documentary about this contrast of natural phenomena in winter. The lower the temperature, the more extreme contract is observed between the cold and hot. For me, “frost” represents the cruelty and power of the Mother Nature, and “ashes” represents how fragile we are as a human in this lonely planet. Therefore, I was trying to express these contracts by capturing the movement of smoke, vapor and steam. In order to create a mood between power and fragile, I tinted the lens into black and white to illustrate a sense of loneliness. Also, Each shots were edited following the rhyme of the background music (Waking up- Explosions in the sky).
Directed & Edited by: Zijia Chen
Music: Waking up – Explosions in the sky