Knots on the boat

Featuring Miss Anita from Port Adelaide

Music by Jon Brion, Hands and Feet (Punch-Drunk-Love)

Footage not captured on TomTom

26 responses to Knots on the boat

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      Thanks Marissa. No, this is an industrial boat for commercial fishing (prawning). But the model rich in knot formations, is indeed my dad !

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      Thanks for your honesty, do you think it was the wrong music? Don’t go near fish fingers with money , they are far too greesy- even before the oven!

      • Not necessarily, it has a watery feel, after all. It depends what sort of vibe you wanted. The close focusing and fast editing, plus the tempo of the soundtrack, lend to the slightly tense and claustrophobic feeling, as does the very nature of sea fishing, in any case. Then there’s the knots of course, and the tension they somehow seem to connote. Tightening and constricting.

      • Jessie Martinovic – Author

        I don’t really ever know the vibe, or set out to vibe it. But usually just hit shuffle on the iTunes till something rings well, and then you can pretty much fit any video to any music and make it work, somehow. Although the last two videos, have sent me into haywire, as the erraticness of the beat, attaches itself to ears heading off to sleep.

        My internal landscape does though, at present feel like this, if I were to think about it, like I did just then.

        Tension. Interesting. Do you feel tense?

      • Did I feel tense? Well, it was more of a mental feeling than anything palpable, but yes, I did a little in watching the video. The imagery of the rope being tied to the quay is the main tension-producing image, for me. There’s the hidden forces of the water moving the boat, and that unpredictably – perhaps suddenly – causing a constriction in the rope. It’s about possibilities, dangerous, immutable ones, getting caught in unseen forces – a primal thing, perhaps?

      • Jessie Martinovic – Author

        It’s intresting that you bring up the tension, becuase before that, I never thought about that. Or the restriction of it being tied to the warf. But now I am seeing it, and looking at that aspect.

        I love watching people tie knots. Dad’s actually really good at them, being a fisherman and all. I’m not sure how many knots he knows, but I think he knows a lot of knots.

        Filming this actually brought back heaps of memories, because when I was little, we as a family, went out from Wallaroo and brought it back to Port Adelaide. The whole family got sea sick, except me and Dad. I even made a little shirt for the hand rest boobed lady, to keep her modesty. Half way through the trip, in the middle of the ocean, I said ‘I want to go home now’. But we couldn’t because we were out in the middle of the ocean.

        ‘It’s about possibilities, dangerous, immutable ones, getting caught in unseen forces – a primal thing, perhaps?’- Do you know much about the Illuminati?

      • Yes, I think the business of boats being tied to dock cleats is very suggestive of tension, their very purpose being to withstand it. The knots themselves must be able to withstand tremendous forces whilst not rendering the rope unable to be untied, of course, and that takes an art of sorts. I like the knot patterns in Roman floor mosaics, and also in Celtic masonry, cloth-work, and such.

        Do you go out on the boats these days, Jessie? I don’t think that life would’ve been for me, as I never had sea legs and am not brave enough to be a sea fisherman in any case.

        I know nothing about the Illuminati – do you mean The Bilderberg Group, that sort of thing? I have known and met some very high-powered people, but none at that level. What is your interest in all that? Message me offline if it’s sensitive.

      • Jessie Martinovic – Author

        Such a great logical description. Your comments are great accompaniments to the imagery. Thank you. I tend not know what I mean, until many people react to the work and then I just choose which persons reactions I like, and pretend that’s what I meant. Not all the time, but it works mostly.

        Boats, not really these days. But on future days there will be some boating. For a boating family, I possibly don’t get on boats enough, but I am unsure how much boating is expected of a family member of such?

  1. Fabulous! I loved it! I was drowning very quickly, could not catch my breath. I didn’t like shots with whole people. That brought me out of the dream. Perhaps knot tying could go slow motion and the tempo could slow in middle to fool me into thinking resolution was possible. Definitely inspiring for me!

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      Thanks so much Carl. Here is some oxygen, but I am sure you have found that already, since sometime has passed since you wrote that.

      Thanks for telling me what you didn’t like, that is a fresh breath for me. I enjoy the dislikes!

      Glad to have provided some inspiration πŸ™‚

      • Gosh, I shouldn’t have said any negatives because I loved the piece! I’m sorry for overstepping!

      • Jessie Martinovic – Author

        Never be sorry Carl. Overstepping is really just walking!

    • Jessie Martinovic – Author

      Me too! That’s why I left it till last, one of my favorite shots. But ultimately the label states something as not water, as water. The sign obviously knew its lifelong neighboring body.

      • yes, the sign is looking outward, ahead, not describing its specific locale. It should learn to enjoy the space it occupies, not yearn for what it cannot have. That silly sign. πŸ™‚

      • Jessie Martinovic – Author

        Silly billy!

        Learn to enjoy the space it occupies. beautiful.

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