​​​​​​​Chiaroscuro is a short film that explores the polarities of light and dark: day and night; waking life and the dream. Set in the Spanish desert of Badernas Reales we see stark monochrome scenes juxtaposed to vivid, colourful landscapes as a lone man hauls a boulder through the dust. 

Director, Director of Photography, Editor | Joseph Mercer-Holland

Featuring | Theo Clarke

Soundtrack | Charli Doherty

Man drags rock across landscape.
'Man and His Shadow' contains a reference to Plato's Allegory of the Cave. Visualised in the film through the use of monochrome and colour images. Representing the illusory nature of mans perception and the true nature of reality that is hidden from him.​​​​​​​
Man sleeps in cave. Man hauls boulder.
'Rocks bones and shells are pieces of sculpture that memorialise the essential patterns of flowing water’ Laozi, 550BC
This quote illustrates the temporary nature of the landscape. Each year the rain creates fresh erosion patterns in the dust.

Shadow cast by hand.