Journey to the End of the Night
A recent shoot took me on a monumental photographic journey across the States with maestro director Chris Holt. From North West to South East… a deep zig zag cut through the American landscape as we traced the dark journey of our infamous protagonist.
With a small crew covering huge distances we shot on an extended set of Vintage Vistavision primes, cinevised Nikkors from the period of our story, the early 1980s. We particularly fell in love with a 500mm for our landscape, yielding compressed planes of graphic abstraction.
The exoticism of the American landscape is intoxicating for European filmmakers and there is still no better way to see it than from the road. The skies, the industry its vast scale and wild weather intersected by these busy pathways at the heart of the nation.
And the cars on the road were part of our telling, sinister vehicles which for a moment cut a deep scar in the American psyche… and gave birth to the idea of a ‘serial killer.’
“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”