Decasia (2002, Bill Morrison) : The Beauty of Decaying Nitrate Film
DECASIA: THE STATE OF DECAY is a film made of found ruined, decaying nitrate film footage. The films are mostly unknown, and suffer from extreme wear damage, from mold and the decay of the bond between the emulsion and the film base. He strings a bunch of clips of these fragments together, to depict something very much like ghosts of the past.
And the image of ruined film is quite beautiful. Here are a whole bunch of stills to demonstrate.
Absolutely nothing was done to alter the look. These are all natural, untouched images of rotted films.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson