Anasia: Balti's take on Asia
Anasia is the documentation of three weeks traveling during the Summer of 2016. It is also the culmination of a series of videos which have documented the travels of the Balti Club as we’ve grown up over the years, in an attempt to capture our ephemeral youth.
A lot of people have been asking where the name of this video came from. Asia was a destination that was new to the Baltis, however like everyone else, we’d heard a lot of stories about South East Asia and what it was like. I think when we headed off on the trip, we all had preconceived ideas of what our experience would be. Within two days of arriving, I realised that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everything was different to what I had imagined, the culture, the people, the character. I think everyone has their own idea of Asia, and their own experience of it, and so ‘Anasia’ was born out of the idea that there is no singular approach or description to the continent, instead we’ve all got our own different views on it. There is only an idea of Asia, and this video became my interpretation of it, just my version of Asia, an Asia, Anasia.
We travelled for the best part of three weeks, through Singapore, Bali, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. A lot of people would tell you that three weeks is far too short, and they’d be right, but three weeks is better than none.
Asia has got to be one of the most photogenic places I’ve visited, wherever I looked the frame just worked. I shot almost entirely on a Sony A7S, switching between a few different lenses however mainly 50mm Canon f1.8 and 58mm Helios f2.
I wanted to do something a little more kinetic and analog in the edit. I’d be flat out lying if I said I wasn’t heavily influenced by Tyrone Lebon’s work on Nikes, however I played that song on repeat while we were travelling, and it just seemed fitting to pair it with the video. Unlike my other edits when I’d just throw a few clips together, this time I wanted to make something with some sort of meaning or theme. My goal was to make a video with a nostalgic undertone that captured the transience of the trip, and I’m happy with the outcome.
Anasia is linked below, I hope you all enjoy it.
Film and words by: @justjackslife