Cut to the soothing strings of Max Richter & Dinah Washington’s This Bitter Earth, Mariusz Warsinski’s contemplative video essay Happy Life, visually articulates the words of the Dalai Lama as he urges us to find our own happiness on this planet. Over several years, Warsinski headed out into Europe armed with a Canon 5D MKII, a few lenses (16-35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8, 70-200 f/2.8 macro 100mm f2.8) and a Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer, to capture ‘ordinary’ people in their natural environment.
“They just inspire me and moves… I see a harmony in ordinary activities – joy and sadness at the same time. Everything around us is magical. When I take pictures or shots I look at the world through the eyes of a child … everything seems so interesting and unusual ! I’m ‘hungry’, I want to grab everything !
In this way I’ve gathered shots and took some pictures over 5 years.
Now I have quite huge library of footage of people, places, nature, animals etc.
The film is directed only at the stage of editing !
No man in this movie wasn’t forced to do anything.
There is no acting,
no studio lights,
only one camera (5D MKII),
completely without crew – just one person – me” [sic]