Unseen: The Lives of Looking
In his first documentary essay, artist Dryden Goodwin visits an eye surgeon, a NASA researcher and a human-rights lawyer. He literally (with a pencil) and figuratively (with a camera) sketches a fascinating portrait of these exceptional eye witnesses.
Concrete images arise from patterns of light and colour. People, a city, the world. Scanning and focusing. So begins this unconventional overview during which three people share their intense literal and figurative relationship with sight.
The human-rights lawyer notes that things only become clear once you look through the client’s eyes. The astronomer doggedly studies rocks on Mars and Earth until they give up their secrets. The eye surgeon discusses his empathy with people in danger of losing their eyesight.
The fourth party is the filmmaker, artist Dryden Goodwin, who - in drawings - reflects on the above and gives his father and son modest roles in this unusual documentary in which poetic impressions replace the more customary talking heads. A reflection on the way we relate to the world and discover what lies beneath the surface.