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MirrorCity: A Timelapse like you have never seen before

By Anthony Thurston on July 19th 2013

Photographer Michael Shainblum has been specializing in mirrored images and video for around 5 years now. Now he is taking his mirroring talents into the Timeplase field, and the results have blown my mind.

The timelapse, which I have embedded below, is made up of shots from San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Chicago over a few months. From start to finish the whole timelapse took Michael around 5 months to shoot and produce.

Many people visit these large cities every day, and all of these places have been shot and filmed, but I wanted to emulate these urban landscapes in a way that nobody has even seen before.

I certainly feel like he achieved his goal. This is by far one of the coolest timelapse videos I have ever seen. This is a very inspiring video to me, and it makes me want to go out and try some crazy things because who knows maybe you come up with something awesome like this…

What are your Thoughts on the Timelapse? Let us know in a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Susannah Sofaer Kramer

    I love kalaidascopes and I love timelapse so of course after seeing this I am in heaven! How very creative and clever. I don’t even want to think about the hours of post production, let alone shooting, that it took to make this wonderful video. Bravo!

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  2. mano

    beautiful – but I wonder what it would look like if you used urban settings which developed less planned, presumably with less straight lines and clear-cut edges, less easily identifiable geometric but more “organic” forms. take the massive urban developments of Lagos for instance…

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  3. Mark

    I wonder how much of the video was a straight out of the camera and how much compositing was done to get the footage?

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  4. Catherine

    this is incredible.

    I love timelapses – they capture things which you may not have noticed in everyday life

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