Inclinations

(2019)

Mini short films
I live on top of a hill in north London so bike rides always end in an uphill climb home. The steepest approach, Swain’s Lane, peaks at 14%.
    I am interested in how you perceive a hill in a photograph. If the image faces up or down the hill, angles can sometimes be deceptive, diminishing the hill’s steepness. But looking sideways while still on the hill can reveal angles produced by buildings, structures and trees that need to be straight up and down.
Swain’s Lane, London, peaking at 14%; and Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, at just over 16% incline. 
One of my early drawing exercises at art school involved that of the view several floors down from the top of a stairwell. I thought it would be easy, but the angles of the stairs and banisters, when recorded flatly, were completely opposite to what my brain was telling me I was seeing.
   This experience stayed with me and inspired this later visual inquiry. What if I filmed hills by levelling them? What angles would it reveal in our built environment? And what angles do people walk at to compensate for the hill, what changes to they make to their walking style?  
   This short film comprises three such inclination studies in Winchester, Lisbon, and London.