From Beirut to Belper - video is global project

A composer from Belper has brought together people across the world via the internet for a project showing what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day.

James Oldrini worked with collaborators from Beirut to Japan and Georgia for the experiment - asking people to film what it like to walk in their footsteps from a first person perspective.

The results, which have been collected on everything from mobile phones to camcorders since June last year then formed the video for his latest work ‘Footsteps’.

James said: “I put the word out to all who follow me on social media to film their own personal footsteps in their own location by following an example I filmed myself.

“We were then able to join these clips together, so every time the camera pans up from the individual’s footsteps, we are taken to a different location across the world – a truly global project.

‘It didn’t matter about the quality of someone’s filming or what camera/smart phone they used, it’s the fact that they were taking part and representing who they are and where they’re from. I was truly humbled to the amount of people across the world that wanted to get involved.”

James, aged 29, from Belper Parks who is also composing music for the Belper Passion play, was given access to Kilburn Hall to film his part of the video by Lord and Lady Fenton.

Local videographer James Reader and artist Robyn Poundall also worked on the project. And James said his wider audience was inspired to take part by the ‘universal language of music’.

He continued: “No matter who you are or where you’re from in the world, we all understand it.

“Music has the emotive power to bring people together and to represent who we are and trigger the way we feel, and this goes for all types of music across the globe.

“The music I composed for release represented the core reason for bringing people together.”