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10 Years: Guillaume Nery base jumping at Dean’s Blue Hole, filmed on breath hold by Julie Gautier

I remember the first time I ever watched this short film. I was bewitched. Floored by its simplicity, its power. The pleasurable agony of that incredible track, You Make Me Feel by Archive.

That was ten years ago today.

It has lost none of its potency.

If you haven’t seen this, turn your lights off, sound up, and enjoy.


Guillaume Nery is a record holding free diver. Filmmaker Julie Gautier – also a record holding freediver – did all the cinematography on breath hold . The two (who are married to each other) are still making films about the surreal magic of water.

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  1. Incroyable! (somehow the english version seems insufficient). I’m sure they knew precisely how far, how deep, how long, how calm they could remain, and how economical of movement, still, it is an extraordinary little film. Speaking of extraordinary little works, I was looking again tonight at “Map-Making”. I will never free dive, nor see Singapore, so both works are for me small, but deep, explorations of rich territory.

    Hopefully, we’ll see some more from you now you’re home for a while, which let me say was, I think, the absolute right decision in the circumstance.

    be well,
    g

    1. Not too sure how deep an exploration Map-Making is, tbh Greg! It was a first-time collaboration, so it was all navigation – the process of working together, as well as the content and our individual histories with Singapore. All of which were / are polar opposites, so the process itself was tentative and careful (sometimes too much so). But perhaps, what is in that, is something that is only obvious to the outsider.

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