James Murray-White discovers in ‘Winged’, a new collection of words and images from fellow member James Roberts, a creative expression of the natural world’s ‘being-ness’ and a way for us to deepen our own presence within the more-than-human.
1,000 words: estimated reading time 4 minutes
Very very occasionally — and I really mean rarely — a piece of creativity or an aspect of someone’s inner world made tangible comes into our own perspective and halts us, stops the mental chatter, and becomes a tool to deepen our ways into the real earthly things inherent in our wonderful world.
“And we are put on this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love.”
James Murray-White reflects during the UK Lockdown on an extraordinary 15 years in film, as freelance, an Indie, and in Broadcast TV; shares some of his projects, and wonders what next, post corona-virus. This post has been initiated after a ‘emergency covid-19 grant’ from the BFI, funded by Netflicks.
“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited”
“ A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by…
Rivers, Trees & Rewilding
RIVERS, TREES AND REWILDING:
Rewilding self and society on a stravaig about these Isles
First published in Stravaig, May 2020 :
SECTION ONE: FOX
Last night in Cambridge I felt lucky to see two foxes, maybe mother and son, at an outside bar. They came to scrounge around looking for human waste food — our throwaway, consumer-based society is destroying this planet, but in the process wild creatures like foxes are benefiting from our wastefulness. …
James Murray-White reflects on the troubled times we find ourselves in under lockdown with Covid-19, and on what’s ahead for the Finding Blake film — and, with joy, to some extras we’re looking forward to sharing.
Well, what strange times!
We know that Blake didn’t live through a pandemic, although he understood the coming of industry as the harbinger of the spiritual crisis in the West that started then and has brought us to this point today. …
Filmmaker James-Murray-White shares his experience of some of the world’s desert places, and what the book Desert Quartet — an Erotic Landscape offers as a way into explorations of these places, of our sense of connectedness and self.
1,750 words: estimated reading time 7 minutes
“There is no separation between our bodies and the body of the earth.”
— Terry Tempest Williams, Desert Quartet — an Erotic Landscape
My partner Lucy is a child of the desert — indeed, we met in the Negev eleven years ago on a tour of Nabatean ruins (but that’s another story), and she’s recently…
Growing up in Girton, James felt happiest in the edgelands, playing in the streams, fields, and wild spaces that used to be at the edge of this once rural South Cambridgeshire village. Now, he says most of those necessary edgelands, wildlife corridors and tree-full spaces are being built on as part of Cambridge’s relentless economic growth agenda.
“This growth agenda is pushing me out of the city I love,” he says, “but more important than that — the push to build upon every available bit of land, be it agricultural or brownfield site, like the once NIAB land and Chivers…
Finding Blake creator and filmmaker James Murray-White announces the completion of the film behind the project, reveals the trailer for the film, celebrates the inspiration behind this work — and asks what Blake would make of the changes we are seeing in the world today.
So — we have a film: a 90-minute feature doc, Finding Blake: meeting William Blake in the 21st Century, or — memorialising the vegetal ephemeral. It was completed, fittingly, on Valentine’s Day. And i t’s been a long labour of love — three years, and all my life and experience before that: poured into this.
To tell a tale of trees…..
I’m just back from a days hiking in the remaining sliver of ancient woodland in Somerset, Selwood Forest: it stetches from the Lion-imbued Longleat Estate down to the Stourhead Estate, and nudges on to the A303 at Penselwood and Zeals. It’s a mixture of different climate zones, and types of tree — large stands of beech sit on top of Roddenbury Hill, and at the other end spruce plantations dominate Witham Park and Gare Hill, with a few old majestic 19th Century red cedars at Stourhead, within falling distance of Alfred’s Tower.