It took me some time to track down the Sargent; he was just as elusive as he was talked about. I’d been working my way through South East Asia for six months; chasing trails that promised to be the ones that would finally deliver him to me before they turned cold and left me no closer than I started. In the end it was almost an accident that I found him. I was sitting in a bar in Bangkok thinking to myself that it was time to return to my dead end job back in Melbourne Australia, when I overheard a conversation on the table next to me. An elderly gentleman with a distinct northern England accent was talking loudly to another man – who also appeared to be English – about how he had recently come across Sargent laFletcher in a small village about two hours drive from here. Of course I jumped straight up and went over to their table and introduced myself. I told this gentleman of my plight and that he had to tell me how to find this village.
Well I won’t bore you with the details, but believe me it took quite a lot of convincing – and the remainder of my savings – before he would divulge to me the location of this village that the Sargent was apparently holed up in.
When I found the Sargent it was obvious that he didn’t want to be found. He eyed me with suspicion when I told him what I was there for, but then on the third day something happened, his defenses seemed to come down or grow weary and I spotted the crack that I had been looking for. I didn’t have much time, and my tape recorder was playing up due to the intense humidity of the jungle. But the following is what I managed to get from him…
Note: This video was made around 6 months ago and was an experiment with mixing mobile images with voice and sounds. Its been sitting around in draft form and still needs to be reworked. It was created using iMove and GarageBand. Id be interested in hearing from anyone who knows if there are better tools out there for creating these types of works as I want to do more in future and possibly rework this one into a finished product.