Humans and nature are both living organisms and have common characteristics as well as structure. There’s a bond between two so homogenous and at the same time so separate living units which affect each other ceaselessly. What is the result of their communication? The author contrasts natural elements and human elements in his short footage The Salt In Our Blood to display the paradox of dysfunctional relationship of two embodiments of life.
It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our vains the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean.
This visual essay points out to the dysfunctional relationship between humans and the ocean. A journalist and filmmaker Frederick Paxton traveled to the Arctic Circle to shoot this short metaphorical film to raise awareness among those who have not yet been awaken.
I imagined the type of dysfunctional personal relationship many of us have been in, where there is a very deep connection but the relationship is inherently destructive.
Paxton observes satisfied passengers on a board of a tourist cruise in Greenland, who are contrasted with melting ice and polluted land, which are all the effects of human negligence towards the ocean and global warming.
The reason why this issue is still current is, however, insufficient (climatic) education of the world (but also inaccessibility of environmnent-friendly lifestyle for everyone). A lot of people are unconscious to their behaviour and its impact on our planet. The urgency of preventing the Earth from irreversible destructions is becoming more and more aware, but still not equally quickly to the environmental need.
In The Salt In Our Blood Paxton featured a voice clip from 1962, more specifically a speech of American ex-president John F Kennedy, appealing to the very precious connection we have with the sea. How come it is still a topical issue after 50 years?
We have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears, we are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from where we came.
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