Once upon a time long ago when you could take rocker Rod Stewart seriously there was his song “Every Picture Tells a Story”. In the short documentary “Eat Flowers” every picture of flowers taken by photographer Cig Harvey tells a story.
The photos are lush and gorgeous as well as the cinematography by River Finlay and Harvey’s voice is a match for the cinematography.
Flowers are life for Harvey some she says acting like a ventilator giving her breath. Perhaps the message we take away is her comment that if you took a lifetime of photos and added up the shutter speeds they would total six seconds so use them and make life count.
Yes indeed in the documentary there is a story about her best friend Mary but I’ll stop here and let the pictures and cinematography tell a story. A riveting sensual experience.
The 14 minute “Eat Flowers” is directed and produced by River Finlay and produced by Cig Harvey and Sashka Rothchild. It screens with Artscape’s Shorts Programme on 1 May and streams in Canada only 5-9 May.