Ocean is a evolving film investigating the life and travels of Annie Brassey whose influential family lived in Hastings, East Sussex, during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Annie Brassey travelled widely with her family and Ocean reflects on the relationship between her passion for travel and the artefacts she collected on her journeys, all of which she vividly recorded in her journals. The woven imagery suggests a connectivity between her voyaging and what we now see of her travels through the artefacts shown in the Durbar Hall at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.
The film weaves together the museum and the sea: objects and oceans as layers of film and still imagery are merged leading the viewer from the raging torrents of the Rheinfalls in Switzerland that Annie Brassey visited in 1826, to the ebb and flow of waves breaking on a British beach.
The film reintroduces the enormity of Annie Brassey’s experiences, taking her keen eye and careful observations back into the world by exploring time, movement, line, layering, light, texture and colour.