Hounds of Love with Scads of GIFs (and Scads of Gushing Too)
I tweeted back something about the vortex of blue light in the background of her video for “Sat in Your Lap,” which I think might represent Knowledge?
(One of the wonderful things about Kate Bush’s work is that it can be exactly that literal, especially visually. If she is dancing to the words “I’m so cold” she will clasp her arms and shiver. It’s as though the things she’s saying are too rich and precise to spoil them with needless indirection. It’s like: who dips a golden bell in a mud puddle?)
So I wound up thinking for a while about the laser-blue Vortex of Knowledge she rollerskates into, and from there I got to thinking, as one does, about Bush’s whole highly backlit video oeuvre. Then, more specifically: the video for “Hounds of Love.” Then, even more specifically: one shot, one movement, one image in that video that I could just about eat and live on, the thing gets my heart so close to bursting. For many years now it’s been one of the top five things that makes me feel like a live animal.
Never any image in any video any greater than this, I really don’t think:
I would like to convince you to experience the beauty and grandeur and weight of that image there, the swoon and purpose and bravery of it.
Last night I downloaded the least cruddy version of this video I could find, and shuffled back and forth through it frame by frame, heart doing its curious bursting thing. I made various gifs, some of which are below. If I were more of a film person I could maybe tell you about things like the video’s first long shot, its gorgeous timing and choreography and its sly insertion of a Hitchcock lookalike. But I am not a film person, I am a person who is here to make you look at loops of motion while I attempt to describe feelings.
This is really cool + beautifully done analysis.