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When one of my students on the Photojournalism Masters at LCC asked me if he could send me his first multimedia feature I said sure.  A decision I started to regret that when he told me that it was a ten minute feature on ‘Japanese Ferries’. It sounded like an exercise in self-indulgence.

True to my word I sat down to watch the feature on election night, thinking I’d take in the first minute and fire back a polite and encouraging response.  This is what I actually wrote,

‘Quite simply one of the greatest pieces of multimedia I’ve ever seen.    I am utterly in awe of what you’ve done here David.  Will be putting this up on the blog.  Magnum in Motion eat your heart out.’

Ok so I was seriously pissed at the time. I watched it again and had the same response.

David Willems work transcends any experience of photo films I’ve had before. Watching it is a form of meditation.

How do you do that? Take a subject as ugly as a Ferry and turn it into a film that slowly and effortlessly walks the viewer into a space of nothingness, of peace?

You have to go the full distance though and you have to watch the CODA at the end (after the credits) which kicks you out of thoughtfulness and brings a smile to the face.

Someone should put this on as an installation in a gallery in the heart of London. Meditation for the masses.

Japanese Ferries from david willems on Vimeo.

An exploration into ferries to and from Shikoku.

part 1 ferries by day
part 2 ferries by night
part 3 coda with music by eddie wally

Please use headphones to fully enjoy the slow journey.

duckrabbit is a production company formed by radio producer/journalist Benjamin Chesterton and photographer David White. We specialize in digital storytelling.

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