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Barcelona In ‘Flow-Motion’ | The Next Best Way To See A City

By Kishore Sawh on July 8th 2014


Juan Trippe, PAN AM’s bold leader, their own personal Tony Benn, re-defined air travel and thus traveling on a whole. Where the rest of the world was still caught up in the thought that flying had a future with only the rich and at supersonic speeds, he realized that in actuality, it would find most success through cheaper mass transport. In many ways, his push for the Jumbo jet was the nail in the coffin for Benn’s Concorde. But because of this, most of us have been able to dot the globe with visits, and many have become rather sagacious travelers.

As that’s the case, we’ve seen cities from nearly every possible view, and the big ones also from the views of others; from planes, from tall buildings, from walking the streets and alleys, day and night with locals. So, we’re all sort of jaded. But what you’ll see here will likely surprise you. It’s a whole new way to see and travel a city.


Rob Whitworth is an accomplished filmmaker from the UK, though his work seems to make a nomad of him. From his home in the UK, to Europe, to China and North Korea, Rob gets around and makes him one of the sagacious travelers spoken of. His work speaks of his travels and one of his latest pieces will spark the wanderlust in you. Sponsored by the Catalan Tourist Board, ‘Barcelona GO! ’ he describes as a “fast moving short film,” in ‘flow-motion,’ but what I think it is, is witchcraft.

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Calling this any manner of time-lapse really doesn’t do it justice because it’s so much more. There are transitions that are as miraculous as they are seamless, and each photo appears to be executed incredibly well. It will leave the technical side of you flooded with ‘how’d he do that?’ questions and the emotional side won’t care enough to pull away from just enjoying it.


What’s more is the Herculean effort that was required to put something like this together, and the effort is outlined on the video’s Vimeo page. Taking a total of 363 hours broken into 75 hours for logistics and travel, 31 for scouting and location finding, 78 hours shooting, and 179 hours post production, this wasn’t a weekend shoot. Those numbers are mind boggling, but understandable when you see the film.. His gear list was also extensive:

Nikon D800
Nikon D7100
Nikon D3200
Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 ED AF DX Fisheye
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX
Nikon 16-35 f/4G AF-S VR Zoom
Nikon 28mm AF f/2.8D
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II


What it seems Rob has actually done, is truly created a whole new way to see a city, and I want to see more cities done just the same. I just couldn’t stop speaking about and sharing this video with friends. Gone are the typical perspective shifts in regular time-lapses, and along with it the perspective on the genre as a whole. This sets a new precedent. It was so novel, it occupied a spot in my mind and was on the tip of my tongue for a while.

The artistic perspective taken by Whitworth makes me keen to see his other works. He has been working on the upcoming series for the BBC called ‘One Planet’ which I hope reflects his unique views. I’ll be keeping up with it. You can keep up with Rob via twitter, Facebook, and his site.

Source(s): PetaPixel, Rob Whitworth Vimeo (images are screen caps from linked vimeo video)

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    love it!

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  2. James Matthews

    Incredible! I think I’ve just found an idea for SLRLounge’s next workshop DVD…

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    makes me want to go to the airport and buy a ticket right away

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  4. Michael Chapman

    Very creative and you could tell it took a LOT of work.

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  5. Stephanie Popko

    WOW! That was incredible.

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  6. Tyler Friesen

    I think that is the most interesting timelapse I have ever seen

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  7. Drew Valadez

    I am leaving to Barcelona in 3 months and this video got me pretty excited to leave sooner than later!

    Amazing video and truly looks like it took the amount of hours stated!

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  8. Petr Kulda

    It remindes me of places i visited last year. Barcelona is amazing city. Rob Whitworth is mage of digital art, he surprises me everytime i see something from his commercial work.

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  9. Stan Rogers

    So, Kishore, you’re trying to tell me that Juan Trippe with PAN AM changed everything?

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