Negative Space

This beautiful short film was featured in Documentally‘s last newsletter. It’s definitely worth subscribing to.

I showed this video to my three children a few days ago; they were captivated, laughed at the end and we discussed it over breakfast the following morning. I love little moments like that.

I think about my dad a lot. He taught me a lot about being ordered and considerate in how I do things, the importance of finding a home for everything and putting it back after using it—something that was more important to him once his brain damage dug deeper and dementia started robbing him of his memories. Not surprisingly, he was an engineer. I often wonder what he could teach me now.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

2 thoughts on “Negative Space”

  1. Thanks for sharing! And also for your story and learning from parents/elders.

    About, the video, why did it have to end in a negative? Does it lead to some sort of message or more questions than answers?

    Before even watching, what came to my mind was, wish my wife were as organized. She does pack exactly the way its in the video (thanks to some youtube lessons) but organized-stuff (put things back after use) I’d hate to say is not the top of her mind. I think I am being hard, but its been same before our one kid was born. And, then the video shows the Mrs in the same light and I am an engineer with one smart kid.

    I dont know. Wasted space? Not able to comprehend the meaning fully…

    1. Hey KJ, interestingly I thought the ending was quite funny; as did my children who laughed out loud at the ending.

      The found it touching and sweet—the kind of thing that does go through people’s heads. The father had drilled into the son the importance of packing cases neatly and efficiently, using the space creatively and effectively. The contrast at the end was beautiful.

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