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News Humans through time-lapse – part three

16 August 2016 Daniel Curtis

Having already explored selfies and human development in our previous two posts in this series, we take a look at ‘changes’ in our final blog.

As we have explored previously, various applications of time-lapse have been developed over time – from tracking movement and monitoring large-scale construction projects, to capturing the most intricate processes of nature.

In part 2 we also looked at how time-lapse has been instrumental in the fields of science and medicine, by allowing experts to study the subtle in changes that are usually invisible to the naked eye.

Building on this theme, we now explore the changes that occur in humans and their immediate environment, as portrayed through time-lapse video.


Merging the practices of art and digital technologies in order to document the process of ageing, this artist begins with a newborn female subject. By using computerised drawing and painting software, the artist remoulds each image so as to replicate the ageing process.

The video documents just fewer than 10 different stages of life, with the final part of the computerised artwork returning to a newborn state – this could be the woman when she was born or even her grandchild, perhaps?

Either way, the video provides an interesting look at the circle of life.

The video charts a remarkable process, one that not only details the artistic skill in recreating work of lifelike quality, but also highlights how multimedia is creating new opportunities to produce and share art.


From changes that take place in humans to changes that take place and are created by humans, as this specially commissioned time-lapse video for the Royal Albert Hall shows.

The rapid-capture works really well here as there is so much activity concentrated on stage, in the round and within the audience during the 12 months.

With the distance between the camera and the subject being quite substantial, combined with the accelerated pace of the action, the human figures appear miniature and their movements more pronounced.

This remarkable video shows the diverse programmes that this prestigious venue hosts throughout the year, including the Royal Variety Performance, The Proms and Masters Tennis.

We get to see how humans interact with one another both on and off-stage, in performances of Swan Lake and Cirque Du Solei. And watch how the audience reacts at the end of the Variety Performance.


These two videos are great examples of how we can ‘lift the lid’ on humans and interactions by using time-lapse, having a look at the way we ourselves change, and how we change the environments around us.

Please take a look at the previous blogs in our series for more unusual time-lapse videos.

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