FIRST LIGHT was filmed through mist directly into the sun at dawn just after sunrise on a winters morning in 2018. It is a reflection on light, duration and visual transformation. Filmed hand held in one continuous take at a constant aperture, trees very gradually appear out of the mist with their distorted long shadows typical of the first light of day. Unpredictable and chance elements occur throughout the filming process.
‘It is a very particular light, this first light, throwing long shadows across the foreground, staying away from the dark corners where trees dissolve into nothingness’ – Diana Stevens
From the introduction to ROBERT GROVES- FIRST LIGHT, IKON Gallery, 2007