I’ve been meaning to do one of these for quite a while. Enjoy.
It’s a very simple timelapse done with my GoPro, showing the hour leading to dusk over the Thames. I also spliced some footage of a flock of swallows (or starlings, or something) at Battersea Bridge on a similar evening. I like the way the super-still river is chopped up by the boat wakes, and if you look closely you can see the tide dropping!
While far from artistic, I wanted to capture a different side of London to the usual picture of bustling streets and tube stations. Getting a bit off the main roads, even if it’s by the river or in a park, can lead you to these moments. I think about 10 people walked past this spot in the hour I was there – hardly the middle of nowhere, but unusually quiet for a city of 7 million.
I went for a quick walk after. The GoPro's not the easiest to shoot with, especially after dark, but this one of the rail bridge at Imperial Wharf turned out kind of cool.
The walk was good, I’ve found a few spots that might work better for similar videos if the conditions align. I’m also going to do some DIY stuff-hacking to trick out the GoPro a bit, but you’ll have to wait and see if it works…
Sometimes, captured images can just blow my mind. I’ve just had one of those moments.
Courtesy of George at Biochemical Brother, I watched Michael Konig’s reworking of time lapses taken from the International Space Station of late. It’s brilliant. Take 5 minutes, and watch it. I advise muting the Vimeo version’s music, and putting on a bit of Radiohead (below) to creep it all out a little. Fullscreen is, of course, a must.
Think of all the convergent lines of human endeavour that have culminated in our ability to appreciate our unique world like this. All the people, their struggles, their tedium, the dramas of their lives… some celebrated in history, but so many stories lost. We’ve come a long way from the time of celestial spheres, and we can’t take for granted the effort that’s gone into imagining, building and understanding the world we live in.
Where will we go next?