Thursday 10 October 2013

Mirror City Time Lapse, an abstracted video of US cities

The major cities of the world are bustling cosmopolitans of people amongst huge architecture of buildings, infrastructure and plazas outlined by multitudinous  transport networks. 

Michael Shainblum, Filmer and photographer has for the last five years been collecting images of five major cities in the USA  with a view to "emulate these urban landscapes in a way that nobody has even seen before."

Shainblum has done this by collating a visual re-presenting of some significant American cities: Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

He has set out to "showcase something unique and artistic, which takes Time lapse photography into a more abstract direction".

Shainblum has reprocessed his photographic collection into a kaleidoscopic feast by mirroring each image multiple times by putting "man-made geometric shapes, mixed with elements of color and movement to create less of a structured video, and more of a plethora of visual stimulation."

The video begins with simple mirrors and recognizable architecture, as the piece progresses, so does the visual stimulation, develops into an absorbing litany of mandala like motion graphic abstractions.

This mesmerising time lapse video makes use of a well selected piece of music called Butterfly (featuring Mimi Page) by Bassnectar. One could easily be forgiven if you imagined that Shainblum's video piece is really made as a piece for the music, which it isn't, but is in sum a beautiful harmony of both music and motion photography!

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