Clyde Reflections is a meditative, cinematic experience based on the marine environment of the Firth of Clyde in Scotland, UK.
It is a collaborative art-science project between artist Stephen Hurrel and social ecologist Ruth Brennan.
The film explores seven unique perceptions of this marine environment via interviews with individuals from three different islands. The interviews offer scientific, philosophical, ecological, conservationist, fishing, underwater and spiritual perspectives, with a focus on what the individuals perceive to be ‘natural’ and ‘not natural’ in the Firth of Clyde.
Clyde Reflections is an immersive experience, featuring underwater, microscopic and marine based footage, along with an ambient soundtrack, taking the viewer on a journey reflecting the shifting nature of relationships between people and place.
We have set the richness and diversity of perceptions of the Clyde against the backdrop of a marine environment which has been both altered by people and enriched by its intangible cultural heritage.
Clyde Reflections was commissioned by Imagining Natural Scotland with funding from Creative Scotland’s Year of Natural Scotland 2013 with additional funding from SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science). A full colour publication featuring the fourteen commissioned projects was produced by Imagining Natural Scotland/Creative Scotland. Hurrel and Brennan’s art-science collaborative process is described in-depth here.
This project builds on successful collaborative work by the art-science team Hurrel and Brennan, that includes; Sea Stories an innovative online cultural map of the sea, based around the island of Barra, Scotland, and the full-colour publication Belonging to the Sea, based around the islands of Arranmore, off Donegal, and Barra (Co-authored by Iain MacKinnon and Ruth Brennan, Photography by Stephen Hurrel). For links to all these collaborative projects see: www.mappingthesea.net