The connection between seeing and touching grounds our work. The camera does more than just see the world; it is also touched by it. This entanglement of touch and sight makes cinematography compelling as a medium. Compelling and strangely paradoxical. Roland Barthes has suggested that
touch is the most demystifying of all senses, unlike sight, which is the most magical.
A visit to Mexico in 2008 led to an ongoing collaboration with the Talleres Comunitarios de Zegache in the state of Oaxaca. This phase of our work has also seen an increased attention to the patterns of human movement associated with economic migration and religious pilgrimage. Sometimes, in the migrant’s dream of a final return, the separation between these secular and sacred patterns dissolves. The crossing of these lines — vertical and horizontal, temporal and spatial, secular and sacred — marks the spot on which our pictures perform their enterprise.