Melbourne based duo Two People approached John Fish to direct and produce their debut music video for their single ‘If We Have Time’ to be released via Liberation Music.
The song is an emotionally charged meditation; exploring time as a force that can shift and change relationships, time can bring people together yet simultaneously has the power to pull people apart. The lyrics leave one with a sense of questioning and un-resolve, with only possibilities to hold onto. John Fish chose to focus on the key themes of time & alternate realities whilst simultaneously aligning with Two People’s minimal aesthetic.
Complimenting the song’s theme, John Fish used mirrors as a central symbol for time. The two characters, aptly played by Two People, are searching for meaning in their own worlds, one being a barren desert, the other a densely tangled forest. Is this mirror real? Is it an illusion of their memory, a metaphor of their dreams or perhaps a portal to another reality? These are some questions intended to leave the audience with.
This theme continues into a scene where we see their faces with mirrored eyes morphing as light spirals around them. The shadows shifting in cyclic patterns again act as a reference to time. To further disorientate viewer’s sense of time, much of the footage was reversed and slowed down, creating a sense of intrigue and ambiguity.
As well as producing the video John Fish also designed and built a custom light installation of the Two People hand drawn logo, which was constructed on a beach at low tide allowing the light to reflect off the wet sand. Having them perform live in front of the light sculpture added a visually striking authenticity to the group’s debut video release.’