This interesting, badly-edited little film left us with a powerful feeling that we’ve been enjoying, so we’re glad we watched enough to get the gist. Dry Out is a macro-lens view of things in nature drying out, through the evaporative process that occurs naturally in life.
The editing is too close up and fast for us to know what most of the things are, though we recognized enough — leaves, succulents, berries, a whole fish — transforming before our eyes. (We recommend watching with the sound off.)
That’s what’s happening to us, we thought. We’re aging, oxidizing, drying… We are happy to feel so connected, comforted really, that we’re undergoing the same processes as every living thing. The terrible little film reminded us that we are a part of it.
Even as we see ourselves changing, we know that there are many pleasures within it, many views. We think of the twelfth-century Chinese poet, Lu Yu’s poem Written in a Carefree Mood.
Old man pushing seventy,
In truth he acts like a little boy,
Whooping with delight when he spies some mountain fruits,
Laughing with joy, tagging after village mummers;
With the others having fun stacking tiles to make a pagoda,
Standing alone staring at his image in the jardinière pool.
Tucked under his arm, a battered book to read,
Just like the time he first set out to school.