Courtesy of Knate Myers

Courtesy of Knate Myers

If you happened to stumble across an image that has captured a city perfectly – the skyline, the hustle and the bustle of daily life as well as the activities that become the heart of the place – the picture remains with you for a long while – as you try to comprehend the feelings that it evokes.

Courtesy of Matt Molloy

Courtesy of Matt Molloy

Time lapse photography – for all those who are not well versed with photography terminology- is the type of photography where the frame rate is much lower than that used to view it (ie. When viewed in a normal speed, time moves faster). In short, it is the opposite of slow motion. It has a long history – beginning way back (in the 1890s) – starting from photographing a race horse to win a bet to becoming an art form.

Courtesy of Mark Bramley

Courtesy of Mark Bramley

Time lapse, has been used to capture a varied range of activities – but usually those that are very subtle to the naked eye. Classic examples of time-lapse photography is the movement of the sky (stars, planets, moon or clouds), plants (germination, growing, blooming of flowers), evolution of a construction project, movement in a city (crowds, traffic etc). It creates a smooth impression of motion – where the subject of the photograph is distorted into a blitz of movement.

Courtesy of Rob Whitworth

Courtesy of Rob Whitworth

Over the years, the development in photography has brought forth a type of photography that is able to represent the essence of a place in its entirety. The movement, caught between the lens, tells a beautiful tale about the movement of pedestrian and vehicles in between the streets of every city. The image, spins a story, unique to the area where it was taken – the buildings in the background, subtle and serene, while the animate part of the place, creating a blur of excitement.

Courtesy of Dima Vazhnik

Courtesy of Dima Vazhnik

Every picture, leaves you with awe, as you comprehend and understand that the quintessence of it lies in the capturing of a vibrant moment in a still medium.

by Aishwarya Pai

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