UK / Duration 2m 39s / 2013
Chalk Trace is based on the true story of a young boy Ron, who liked to draw extremely long chalk lines. The film was photographed in the original streets of Oldham as they stand today – over 60 years after Ron. The street images are individual photographs that were then re-photographed and animated on a school desk circa 1950, via a mix of HD video and 16mm film. The soundtrack recounts the street names that Ron journeys through.
Esther Johnson (MA Royal Collage of Art, BA University of London) is an artist and filmmaker whose research practice explores documentary portraiture through moving image, audio and photography. Her work reveals resonant stories of the everyday that may otherwise remain hidden or ignored. Recurring themes include personal histories, heritage, tradition, architectural vernacular and precarious futures. Her work has been exhibited internationally including Tate Modern; Tate Britain; BFI; IDFA; LFF; ICA; NASA; Istanbul Biennial and on Channel 4 and BBC television and radio. She has written for several arts publications, is an independent film/video curator, and is Reader in Media Arts at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University. In 2012, Johnson won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Performing and Visual Arts for young scholars.