It seems that time-lapse videos are all the rage these days. Literally every tech blog or even normal news blog seems to showoff one or two time-lapse videos every week that some reader or photographer posted. Though I’m not in the photography scene, I would imagine that the prevalence of all these videos has now angered the photography faithful. What was once an artistic representation showing development over time has now been muddled by people with iPhones and some Final Cut experimentation. For those in the scene, is that true at all? I could be completely wrong, but I feel like that time-lapses were the “cool” thing before, and now they’ve moved on to other forms that I have no idea about (but will probably find on some blogs in a few months.)
Having said that, some time-lapse videos are great (though, again, I’m not particularly photography savvy.) I enjoy photos and I love cities, so below are ones of my favorite American cities: New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Seeing a city operate and people interact over time is fascinating, so these videos give a cool glimpse of that. It would be awesome to see time-lapses of some Asian cities too, such as Hong Kong or Mumbai, since they are densely packed and the juxtaposition of rich and poor is so distinct. Sadly, I’m still not a big photo taker, since I find carrying a camera in addition to a phone too unwieldy. I take a few every now and then with the phone though. What do others do?
Anyway, check out a few of my favorite time-lapses below.