‘The sun is God’ – the last words of the painter JMW Turner, allegedly at any rate according to Mike Leigh’s magnificent new Mr Turner. Not a pagan sentiment but a spiritual one that links him to the great film-maker of light, Stan Brakhage. Brakhage admired Turner very greatly and saw him as a kindred spirit.
See my new (Dec. 2014) essay on Brakhage, Leigh and Turner: http://bit.ly/brakhage_turner
Brakhage painting film
Turner’s ‘Snow Storm’ (ca 1844)
Brakhage’s painted strips
poster for ‘Late Turner’ at Tate Britain