History & Heritage
June 24, 2015

Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey

From Uncage the Soul Productions:

We’ve seen books and blogs using the “Then and Now” treatment to show side by side the historic and present via photos. But in our curiosity and research, we could not find many or any examples of this comparison being done with motion video.

Thinking about it more, we got excited to use timelapse and slow motion to bend and warp present time while exploring past time. The idea was sparked.

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From the New York Times:

An imposingly realistic vision of 2 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed south tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center.

From the moment the doors close until they reopen 47 seconds later on the 102nd floor, a seemingly three-dimensional time-lapse panorama will unfold on three walls of the elevator cabs, as if one were witnessing 515 years of history unfolding at the tip of Manhattan Island.

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From CityLab:

Gotham City SF” is the creation of photographer Toby Harriman. The idea for the film came to him in 2012 after he became enthralled with a brooding, black-and-white, glossy style of cityscape photography he calls “Gotham.” Since then he has collected the footage, edited it, and set it to a dramatic original cinematic score composed by James Everingham, a young U.K. composer (he was only 14 at the time!).

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For a view of recent development in SF you’ve not likely seen, go to 0.58 – another example of the Vancouver style coming to the American city.  We’ll see it in Brooklyn in upcoming posts.

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Two more by the best time-lapse urban videographer in the business, Rob Whitworth:

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Kuala Lumpur: super-modern buildings juxtaposed with various cultural enclaves and with a little of Asia’s chaos thrown in. My time lapse explores how the city changes from day to night highlighting how spaces dramatically alter during the course of a few hours.

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And yes, surprisingly, North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang.  Transit geeks, in particular, will find it fascinating.

“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds.

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Extra: Stop, Go, Stop, Go: Rob Whitworth and Time Lapse in American Cinematographer.

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