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Into Eternity | An Emotional & Haunting Timelapse Inspired By & Dedicated To A Man Who Ended His Life

By Kishore Sawh on November 4th 2014

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Have you ever witnessed something that has evoked such strong emotion in you, you felt compelled to spend hours upon hours creating something in the vein of it, in homage to what you’ve witnessed? If you haven’t, what would something like that be? It was in the fall of 2012 photographer Bruce Wayne came upon his incident which he’ll forever have etched in his mind. His creation, however, just may have that event etched forever in our minds.

Two years ago Wayne was shooting a timelapse on the Ben Franklin Bridge and was witness to a suicide. As Wayne was setting up and executing his shot, a man lept from the bridge and ended his life, and the effect of that rippled through the water and into the lives of those who were there, including Bruce.

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Of this time, Bruce recalls the damp, dark, and heavy mood that settled on the time and area like a dense fog; How the loss of someone’s life could actually be tangibly felt in the air. The effect on Wayne was so great, he wondered what the city would’ve appeared like to the mystery man that day before he took his life, and has created a dark timelapse to show just that, and dedicated it to the man on the bridge.

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Thoughts

So many timelapses get so caught up in the technical wizardry that they lack emotion. This, Into Eternity, takes a far different and darker route. Shot on a Canon 7D with a Hoya ND400 filter, the conversion to black and white, was done in post. The imagery, strong and architecturally based, is entirely black and white, and combined with the soundtrack, really do pull you into the back story, drawing out pensive emotions. This is really the power of photography put to good use. The last scene is where he saw the man end his life – and you feel it.

For those interested you can read the initial blog post by Wayne here, and of course, check out more from him on his site.

Source: PetaPixel, Images are screen captures from featured video

About

Kishore is, among other things, the Editor-In-Chief at SLR Lounge. 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. Hannes Nitzsche

    Very well composed and executed time lapse! It leaves a heavy aftertaste, having read the story behind the video. Great homage. Thanks for sharing this article!

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  2. Duc Hong

    simply beautiful, I love how it goes belong with the melody, everything blends in together

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  3. Gerardo Robayo

    Amazing timelapse

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  4. Matthew Riley

    Usually I see timelapse done quickly. I really like the speed of what was done here. Two thumbs up.

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  5. Jennifer Welch

    Black and white is itself eternal and timeless in look and feel. Very emotional, and very fitting from the outlook from the deceased, surely there is beauty left even on a “colorless” day. These images say it’s in how you look at the world around you. I think that is one challenge of photography that can never be forgotten, how do we look at the world around us, how does that affect us, and how do we as photographers input that into our work and affect others, sometimes we may guide the feeling and other times a feeling will come that surprises us, either way photography is never the technical side alone, there is always feeling…..of something.

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  6. Kevin Sutton

    Wow. Had I not read about the back story this video does impart the tone of sadness, loneliness and solitude. The imagery is beautiful, clean and crisp and is juxtaposed perfectly with that nice buttery movement of the clouds. The music ties this all together.

    Something beautiful was created in the wake of something very sad. We take what we can from this life and hopefully use it for positive impact.

    Thanks for sharing Kishore!

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Oh I think very little thanks can I take… Bruce did a wonderful job and tribute. Cheers Kevin.

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    • Kevin Sutton

      I should rephrase Kishore, I am a horrible wordsmith :) . Thank you for your article otherwise I may have never seen this timelapse. Bruce’s work here is fantastic to say the least.

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  7. Brandon Dewey

    Cool Timelaps! I like it because its different and put together well.

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