We are thrilled to announce that photographer Kent Phelan will join us this summer to document the making of The Ground Beneath Our Feet. He’ll be taking photographs behind-the-scenes and of our locations as we travel around the country. Kent is an extraordinary photographer: elegant and careful, and capable of capturing not only moments, but moments with soul.
Kent and Teresa Phelan came to the kickoff reception we held in Saint Louis when three of the French filmmakers were scouting locations. In a room filled with 60 people, I noticed that Kent and Théo, our director of photography, had eased themselves to the edge of the room and were deep in conversation — an intergenerational meeting of the minds, I thought. And it made me glad.
I admire Kent’s work for all sorts of reasons. Partly, it’s my admiration of his craft: his careful work to document tone and texture and color and pattern. You see it in his landscapes and shots of architecture. You see it in his urban photographs and his rural pictures, alike.
It is, as if, he’s subject agnostic. He seems to be captivated by the texture of this world of ours and in freezing an instant for us to study.
For a film made by young filmmakers, I am very happy to have someone of Kent’s stature along for the ride. I can’t wait to see how he sees our work.
Our film is partly about landscape — the French say “le paysage.” In my role as armchair etymologist, I see in their word for landscape the word for country, for a people. It hints at the root of our major theme: we are connected to one another through the ground beneath our feet.
I especially like that Kent Phelan and his camera will be around to document this work of ours this summer, and the happy faces of the people who will make it.
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