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Bolex Overlooking Painted Hills

1961 Paillard-Bolex H-16 Reflex
with P. Angénieux Zoom Lens
(from 35mm Kodak Slide)


Since my youth in Venice,
I have had a love for this tool... this art... this history.

Recently, I restored a 1950 Bolex (non-reflex), gave it a 'baby' brother (left), and have used them to shoot lens tests and experiments, taking them on the road.

This immersive medium is also a preservation vessel.

I also help assess
collections at a film archive.

It is a pleasingly voyeuristic ritual... looking into the past at anonymous faces, searching for clues, traveling
through time.

Motion Pictures
Meanwhile, there is new emulsion to be exposed...


Random enjoyment.
Clarifying disruption.
Flow and order.

Shot on two Swiss-made Bolex H-16 cameras over three recent summers around Oregon and Northern California.

Do you recognize the locations?

This video was assembled in Final Cut Pro, but all dissolves and effects were created


'Chrysalis' features the following pieces of music:

Twelve Spanish Dances,
Op. 5 – "Arabesca"

composed by Enrique Granados
performed by William Riley
Resourced from

Pièces de clavecin – "La d'Hericourt"
composed by Claude-Bénigne Balbastre
performed by Steve Wiberg
Resourced from
available under a Creative Commons
Attribution/Non-Commercial/Share-Alike License

Tracks amended without input from performers.

Email: • All artwork © 2016 Tavis Bettoli-Lotten / Copperglance