This video is about CQ Chairity Ball St. Lawrence 2013 FOR ABC OPEN
Music: You Can’t Unfeel The Rhythm DJ JC Radio Edit, by Pierlo (Vimeo Music)
By Contributor Laurie Anne from ABC Open Tropical North QLD
There’s magical JuJu in the wine they serve at St. Lawrence. True!
A whimsical comment made over a few glasses of wine quickly blossomed into a Charity Ball. The
St. Lawrence Bowls Club, after being buffed to a sleek gleam, opened it’s doors to a host of glamorous guests, keen to splash out and support CQ Rescue!
The most amazing and inspirational things are possible when faith, commitment, resourcefulness, hard work and creativity are all blended together around a powerful vision.
Making a difference is the only possible destiny.
How fun would it be to get all dressed up in our own backyard, let our hair down, kick back with the neighbours and have a great time and while at it, raise money for RACQ CQ Rescue?
Now that’s what I call an inspirational vision of integrity. May we all be moved to make a difference in our own community.
Nearly the whole town plus a few blow-in’s from down the road rocked up to the St. Lawrence Bowls Club, all ‘dressed to the nines’. The ladies were looking like movie stars on the red carpet in their bling and full length gowns while the men were all decked out in handsome suits, tastefully accented with their beloved RM Williams Boots, no less.
An impressive event like this has a profoundly positive impact on a community’s sense of its self-identity. At the end of the night, every guest went home I have no doubt feeling satisfied that they had made a difference to CQ Rescue but also to their the community of St. Lawrence and it’s patch of the Bruce Highway.
All in the event raised over $4,500.00 for CQ Rescue! That’s nearly enough to keep a chopper and it’s supporting staff in operational status for an hour.
The event was enthusiastically embraced by the small community that only weeks earlier stepped up to the plate to support another annual worthy cause, Cancer Day in St. Lawrence.
The feedback from the community and the sponsors was fantastic! The inspiration will be carried forward into 2014 with another Charity Ball aimed at continuing to support the organisations that take care of the members of the community when at their most vulnerable.
As you can clearly see, all were feeling very much in a playful spirit.
The reality is raising funds for the CQ Rescue is like putting money aside for the rainy day you hope and pray never comes. Unfortunately, at some point in time, maybe tonight, someone will need that critical assistance. With the continuance of events like this and others, the good folks in the yellow, gold and blue helicopters will continue to show up.
RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter is a lifeline for remote communities of Queensland. It provides an essential emergency service that literally swoops down from the skies when additional urgent help is required. That’s what I call a super-hero!
Working shoulder to shoulder with the equally heroic essential services on the ground, likeQueensland Ambulance Services, Queensland Police Services, Queensland Fire and Rescue Services, State Emergency Services and the Rural Fire Services, the community at St. Lawrence, like many other remote communities, takes great comfort in knowing they will be ‘rescued’ in their hour of need.
I created this fun stop motion video from the photo booth images as part of my contribution but also in the hopes that it may inspire another community to create their own charity event to raise awareness and much needed funds to keep CQ Rescue in the air. We all know, someone somewhere will all too soon be the next recipient of this invaluable service.
My first ever entry for a weekend challenge… (Eeeeeeek)
Weekend Challenge: Make the opening scene for “Toll Road to Consciousness”
Tolls or doorways, dimensions of time and space, a bardo?
Sleep or perhaps altered states of consciousness versus waking up.
A sleeping baby - is he dreaming, astral traveling or having a visitation? Who knows? Mysterious, haunting, suspenseful or just weird and creepy.
With a lot of work on my plate, I had all but given up finding time to create and submit an entry. As I began working on a ‘paying’ client’s job, the idea emerged from the first scene of the little baby sleeping in his crib.
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Honey Bee Bop - Vocal Extended by Slink Moss Explosion
An investigation into my shadow opened a doorway to a different time and space connection to my 12 year old self. Although ‘she’ is internalized, she is still very much a part of who I am today. The delicate balance of light and shadow unfolded.
As serendipity would have it, I found myself exploring defocus through video. As I was savouring the live display of bokeh, twinkling sunlight and elongated moving shadows, something deep within stirred.
I did not really have a plan when I set out into the garden. I thought I was just looking for shadows and silhouettes.
I soon became transfixed on my own shadow and it’s seamless relationship to the light, as viewed through my camera’s video live view, all completely by coincidence.
As I started out, I had not yet focused the camera on anything but what I saw the millisecond before I hit the focus button stopped me dead in my tracts.
I was enthralled by what I was witnessing. And so, this defocused view of my own lanky shadow and the garden set my pace, all be it now a samadhi-like walking meditation.
I was mesmerised by the dancing bubbles of light and bokeh, elegantly waltzing all over my own shadow yet never touching it but changing it constantly. The paradoxical contrast between them was whole, complimentary and some how invincible.
A contemplation unfolded.
Yin and Yang
The metaphors of shadow and light on the level of consciousness, began to unravel in my mind as I wandered around with my camera, hanging around my neck like an external yoke of self-awareness, pointed at the ground.
I kept my lens defocused deliberately from that point on.
Eventually, I started playing with pulling focus with the camera by moving closer and further away from not only my shadow but plants and flowers in the garden.
I was completely immersed in my own little world.
I could hardly wait to get into post. As I began scrubbing through my videos I could hear a narration unfolding in my mind. The creative juices were cooking!
It’s been a long time since I consciously spoke to my 12 year old self.
Recollecting thoughts from when I was 12 come surprisingly easily. However, they are not necessarily gladdened but more filled with the beginnings of difficult teenage years, founded in beliefs around lack of self-worth.
Once I found her, I could only offer kind and gentle yet practical guidance. As I imagined my 12 year old self receiving, she seemed relieved and even liberated.
I had been sitting on this defocus project for a few days, allowing it to mature and unfold in my mind and heart. Something was incomplete and just not feeling right yet. I knew I needed to walk away for a bit.
Today I reopened the project and added an angelic etherial sound track. Suddenly it felt like the video was coming into form. Something was still eluding me though. I walked away again.
This time, when I came to view it with fresh eyes, I suddenly had an inspired thought! It needed one more thing to be complete and I now knew what is was or should I say ‘who’ it was, that was missing.
I went hunting into an old image archive external drive and exhumed an old photo of myself from when I was 12 years old. It’s a faded wallet size image, scanned years ago and left safely in storage. I am surprised I even found it to be honest.
I gave it a quick refresh edit even though there was not much to work with and dropped into my video where it felt appropriate.
It was this image of myself at the age of 12 that was the all important missing element. The etherial music became the icing on top.
It’s all an intuitive, creative, decadent, self-indulgent and scrumptiously satisfying process.
This video is about an investigation into self, beyond linear time and space. An etherial inspirational message to my 12 year old self.
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