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News What you might’ve missed this week in time-lapse

19 October 2018 Kate

There is a plethora of content out there on the Internet just waiting to be explored. We bring you some of our favourite time-lapse videos from across the Internet, fresh from the past seven days.

First up, is a lovely example of how time-lapse photography can ‘bend’ the linearity of time. Nick Sullivan’s ‘Spending & Bending Time at the Airport(s)’ (below), cleverly plays around with the benefits of how considerable periods of time can be compressed when observing a time-lapse sequence.


This imaginative sequence shows jet plane activity in various airports across the US, cleverly layering time-lapse footage together so as to align various planes and their flight paths.

Airports are spaces which are shaped by stringent timelines, as well as spaces where we often need to ‘kill’ time. But Sullivan’s time-lapse video throws all of these truths up in the air.

Indeed, with time-lapse you are not constrained by time. In other words, you can visualise hours, days, weeks, or even months in a fraction of the time.

For prolonged processes of change and activity, this is an ideal functionality. It is possible to see a sport stadium transformed into a state-of-the-art music venue or hundreds of people flock to an outdoor cinema in Melbourne Cricket Ground in a matter of seconds.

It is the numbers that make time-lapse a partially mathematical if not, scientific, medium, an idea we have recently approached in our blog.

Also on our blog, we have explored the familiar, yet fascinating, relationship between time-lapse and the tilt-shift.

‘Tilt-Shift Porto Industriale’ by BOKE proves how the tilt-shift can further enhance perspectives on urban environments. The everyday movements of the port take on a remarkably ‘Lego-like’ quality.

Talking of Lego, Pierre Brun utilised time-lapse to document the very arduous process of constructing a Lego globe.


Taking 32 hours just to design, this took another 27 hours to put together, with a whopping 4,700 bricks making up the final model.

Although such work is often carried out in small, enclosed spaces, the labour that it takes to construct Lego scale-models is no less rigorous than any other. This is also something that we have explored in relation to our own work.

Indeed, time-lapse offers a focused and detailed perspective of such works from start to finish.

Seeing something take shape before your eyes – particularly an artistic project – arguably encourages more respect for the creative labour that goes into it. We can see the finished product almost immediately, such as the graffiti art in this video from Maser.

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