Quiet Moments

“Then, completely out of the blue, someone very special to me decided to surprise me by purchasing me my very own canon AE-1 film camera,” Amanda Lee, a third-year student, shares her love of film. Below are her stills and beautiful writing from behind the scenes of Circosis Left Brain. 

Since my schooling days I have always been fascinated with film and the collaboration of film with dance. After studying media, I found myself dipping my toes in the pool of creating dance film, but I never really completely immersed myself. This was due to a lack of time, a lack of funds, and the slow process of finding my own artistic style. Very recently I decided to dig up my media knowledge from the back of my brain and experiment with it again.


Luke Thomas deep in thought


I believe that circus is an incredibly powerful art form which can translate beautifully to film. I have never really used photography as a skill before, yet I constantly find myself being inspired by photographers and visual artists who use photography in their work. I found myself becoming addicted to looking at photography cameras online, yet I kept forgetting, I am just a little arts student with very shallow pockets.


Jessie Mckibbon getting show ready


Then, completely out of the blue, someone very special to me decided to surprise me by purchasing me my very own Canon AE-1 film camera. I felt like a child on Christmas morning. The most exciting thing about this surprise is that it happened the day before NICA’s third year showcase opening night. This meant that I was able to go and take some beautiful photos of an incredibly special time for the people I like to call my crazy circus family.


Jack Wild with just a touch of glitter


A photo lasts forever, and I find that film really captures the essence of a moment. I am so glad that I have jumped into the pool of exploring different mediums of art, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.




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