It was late autumn 2020 when I made a set of colour SX-70 Polaroids on the wooded banks of nearby Omand’s Creek in Winnipeg. At the time, the trees were still dressed in majestic fall colour. A few weeks later, I returned to the same location to film my deck of Polaroids being dealt to the forest floor. By this time, now-bare trees had shed their leaves, forming a crunchy brown backdrop to the crisply framed photos that floated down. That brief lo-fi video, titled Falling Polaroids, made an appearance on Instagram and a blog post at WalkClickMake.com.
And then came winter, spring and summer.
A year has passed. Once again, the green foliage has turned vivid tones of red and yellow before making its way to the ground. And, once again, I returned to last year’s simple film and the stack of Polaroids that inspired the project. Here is the 2021 version of Falling Polaroids.
And what a place to veg out. Castillo is, as you might guess, a castle. One that dates back in its present Moorish form to the 13th Century. Positioned high on a hilltop, with Gibraltar clearly visible on the horizon, the castle has been a strategic point for both Muslim and Christian nations, who battled back and forth for control of this Andalucian frontier. Spain’s Catholic forces won the battle in 1492 but the castle retains its early Moorish underpinnings. The tiny village behind the fort is a maze of crooked streets, all white plaster with splashes of colourful flowers everywhere.
The castle itself is now a hotel and, much to our surprise, our ‘superior double room’ turned out to be a three storey suite with the top level being an open turret-cum-patio with 360° views over all of Andalucia as well as Gibraltar and Morocco.
Take a look Gail’s guided video tour (below) or on YouTube at WalkClickMake.