By Joan Larsen
Out of the blue – truly out of the blue – a gift of a short film arrived in my mailbox. The accompanying card – from my dearest friend – read:
This is for you. Sit down, put in the film — and prepare to be enthralled by this rather young English artist – Gary Bunt — telling his story as if it were just for you. Trust me on that. A few of his paintings – each with a childlike, perfectly wonderful verse to make you nod and smile – I have sent separately. Enjoy those more than once. Just 20 minutes of film will be all it takes, Joan, and I can already hear you saying afterwards: I want to take this man home and keep him forever!
My friend knows me well. That was my first thought before I replayed the film once again, deciding that I must share this rare and wonderful man and his painting/poetry with you. Capturing moments in time, evoking fond memories in all of us — just for a few minutes, we are brought out of our worlds.
Film or paintings first, I thought, as I begin to set this story up. The film will be last – leaving you with the most beautiful story of a painter and his many gifts.
And now, the film that reflects some of our private worlds, our own thoughts, and life as it once was.
Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth. But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again. She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”