Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Time Passages

Time-lapse photography is something that has always amazed me and most people who see it are captivated. My fascination began when I came across the work of Ron Fricke and his film Chronos back in 1985, an amazing work. Another one of my favourites is Koyaanisqatsi (1982), if you would like to go on an amazing visual journey I recommend viewing all his movies.

The wonderful imagery in these films are the drawing card but after some retrospection you have to appreciate how much work went into them and begin to develop an admiration for that also. This is especially true when you consider Fricke's team shot on 70 mm film and carried massive amounts of equipment to the most remote places on earth. Not to mention time-lapse photography has to be one of the most time consuming activities you can get involved with. It can take hours or days to get a few seconds of video.

For me, my first time-lapse video was made close to home, in and around my home town of St John's Newfoundland. “Time Passages at Canada's Far East” is a 2 1/2 minute video comprised of approximately 3,000 still images, a process I began 18 months ago. I learned a lot about photography, time-lapse and video in that time.


Perhaps the main reason I love time-lapse photography is that it teaches us to have a greater appreciation of the world around us because we see it through a different lens: in a chronological time-frame unnatural to us. As Ron Fricke said it reveals “humanity's relationship to the eternal”.

It does give us a unique window through which to view our world. Hope you enjoy the video.