chapter  7
22 Pages

Sites of meaning: gallipoli and other mediterranean landscapes in amateur films (c. 1928–1960): Heather Nicholson

From the early 1920s, the rapid adoption of cine cameras as a lightweight travel accessory enabled hobby filmmakers unprecedented freedom to picture landscapes in moving imagery. Pitfalls soon confronted the new enthusiasts as their footage disclosed the unsuitability of rapid panning shots, insufficient depth of field, blurred detail, and other technical limitations. Just as camera technologies seemed to bring the capacity to emulate big screen effects within reach of nonprofessional cinephiles, the medium itself demonstrated its visual limitations over still photography.