Leighton Pierce’s films and videos are short experiences in transformative time. In his hands, the camera works to translate an active and immediate emotional state into externalized images drawn from the seemingly mundane world around him. It is from these emotionally charged images, that Pierce builds, composes, a rhythmically appropriate structure with sound and image. His process begins with a recognition of the emotional and rhythmic potential of an image. It ends with the rendering and juxtaposition of these images against the filter of a carefully constructed soundtrack. The sounds are never the sound heard while recording the image. Rather, they are constructions that seem to come from the image while, in reality, are working to isolate the emotional potential of the images. His films and videos are not ideas that are then executed. Rather, they are active engagements with a present moment. Pierce studied music composition, especially jazz and electronic music, before making films. In fact, his first move into filmmaking came about from his frustration with the lack of a visual component to taped music. It is a continuation of this early interest in music and the construction of emotional experiences in time which continue to guide his work.