Who doesn’t like a good time-lapse? Being able to see hours compress into just a few minutes; it’s almost like fast forwarding the world. But now, there is a new time-lapse method created by photographer Julian Tryba called a layer-lapse. In a layer-lapse, the objects in each sequence (be it buildings, roads or even the sky) run at different speeds and times than others.
In Boston Layer-Lapse, Tryba animates the streets of Boston to the music stylings of Alex Adair. The project took about 100 hours to shoot, 350 hours to edit, and 150,000 photos totaling around 6 terabytes. Each of the clips has has anywhere from 35 to 100 different layers phasing in and out. The majority of the work was shot on a Canon 6D with the Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II and the Canon 24-105mm f4 also being used a few times.
The artist has this to say about his project: “Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.” Tryba recognizes that his art is very similar to other pieces out there; even citing Fong Qi Wei “Time In Motion” and Geoff Tompkinson’s “Chicago toccata & fugue” as inspiration.
With the inclusion of intervalometers in modern cameras, more and more people are doing time-lapses. It is becoming increasingly difficult to weed through the generic to find the exceptional. Tryba shows us what can be accomplished if we take the standard perception of time out of the time-lapse. To check out more form Tryba, check out his website and head over to Kessler for some behind-the-scenes action.
[Via Sploid / Images Screen Captures]