This story was first published by the Half Moon Photography Workshop as Home Bacon in Camerawork No.9: The Picture Story, pp.4-6, March 1978.

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Pig Killing

r/t: 2 min, 30 sec.

 

The winter of 1976-77, Old Farm, Little Stainton, North Yorkshire. Cyril Richardson and his family reared pigs and killed them each Christmas. Not a story for the faint-hearted.

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Two astonishing Digital Stories. Late 1990s.

Home Movies (aka The Turn Film) celebrates Atchley's grandfather's annual ritual of marching his four sons out of the house, walking them up the garden path and then telling them to do a 360 degree turn for the camera. By editing several of these "turn" clips together Atchley gives us a beautiful yet funny sequence of a family growing up, something he reflects upon in voice-over. Time is telescoped.

Redheads is narrated, both to camera and in voice-over, by Atchley's mother Martha who tells of her childhood growing up on a farm in western New York State.

I paid my first visit to Atchley's Next Exit site in the spring of 2000 and we immediately began an email exchange. He invited me to attend a Centre for Digital Storytelling workshop in Berkeley, California, later that year... which I did.