Gayle Skidmore – Field of Marigolds

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From her album “Sleeping Bear” ( )

Shot on: Red Epic Dragon
Location: Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Lens: Sigma Art 50mm 1.4

Gayle and I talked about doing a video for this song a couple of years before we actually got around to shooting it. At the time, due to a number of circumstances we just couldn’t make it happen. The idea and the willingness were always there but sometimes simple things like scheduling, budget, or just life prevented us from making it happen. Many projects don’t ever see the light of day, so I’m happy to see this one come to fruition.

I always knew I wanted to play with a Light vs. Dark motif. I grew up in Mexico with the tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) where Marigolds are traditionally used as a guide for the dead souls to visit the living. The Marigold is also closely related to the Sun due to it’s vibrant orange/yellow color, symbolizing passion and creativity, but it’s also known to carry some negative interpretations such as jealousy, cruelty, grief, and sorrow. So, in other words, it’s a flower that makes some people happy and vibrant, while others sad or in some sort of darkness. I think Gayle’s “Field of Marigolds” music and lyrics carry the same feeling, what can sound as a vibrant tune, it also portrays a somber tone.

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah were the perfect location for this, giving us an eerie sense of a “limbo” like place.

Behind the Scenes Notes:

  • During the shoot we had a few mishaps, the biggest one being Lola (my old little Honda Fit) getting stuck in the flats
  • All the marigolds are made of paper. Gayle and I made them a day before the shoot!
  • The wire tree is tiny!