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20 October 2018

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 172nd in our series of Saturday matinees today: The Moment.

In just under four minutes Australian photographer Hayden Griffith takes us on quite a trip. "I think there's something to be said about how much you can plan a trip, what you think you need and what you want to see," he writes in the liner notes.

"You can put all the effort, thought and research into things, but when push comes to shove you're out there, and things change."

'You're just seeing something for what it is.'

Things do change. And in the five weeks he spent "getting as deep into the North American winter as we could," he found plenty he hadn't expected to see. And it inspired him.

We ride with him and his team in their van (Vancraft sponsored the production) through a small town at night into snowbound mountains that come alive in the diffused light of a winter morning.

And suddenly we find him trudging through powder with a backpack strapped on in some place that seems beyond the point of no return.

As he describes the experience of discovering this remote area, we see small snapshot videos of the interesting people and places he encounters. Small moments when "it's happening," as he puts it. In the snow, in a cabin, in a forest carrying a surfboard, on the beach.

"Not planned, not following a script, it just sort of unfolds," he says.

The luscious video itself unfolds these moments before us. We couldn't help but enjoy the adventure, too. "You're not really thinking about anything else. You're just seeing something for what it is."

And enjoying the moment.

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