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See the City of Angels from Impossibly Beautiful Angles

By Kishore Sawh on May 10th 2014


California, it seems, understands how to artificially synthesize attractiveness. Somehow it’s geography, partially scattered mounds of volcanic residue and being on a major fault line, has managed to evade being a deterrent for its residents and visitors, and given birth something incredible. It’s extremely varied and that makes it terribly interesting. At the heart of this is arguably Los Angeles, a sprawling metropolis of many towns as varied as its topography. Transitioning from each area to the next is a beautiful metamorphosis of feel and culture, and the entire City of Angels goes through a beautiful evolution as day gives way to night, and back again.


‘City Lights,’ is short video time-lapse by Colin Rich, as the third and final chapter from his ‘Trilogy Of Lights,’ series. He describes it as an exercise in patience, and as an adventure that took him to almost every viewing angle of the city.

[REWIND: Brilliant 4K Timelapse of New Zealand, Awakening.]


It was challenging. It was frustrating. Definitely dangerous at times. Sometimes it hurt. I was chased. Yelled at. Warned. But the overall context of things learned, people met, things seen, and places discovered over the past three years shaped who I am today. I didn’t always love Los Angeles, but I learned to and discovered that this city is much more than temperate weather, palm trees, pretty girls, and beaches; to me the true beauty behind the city lies hidden on the other end of a rusted fire escape to a view no one else has seen.


I can’t really put a finger on what makes California on a whole so special, though it is. I’m not even from the US, yet when people hear me speak and assume I am, without fail they would assume I was from Cali. Whatever that meant I haven’t a clue, and it wasn’t until I went there did I begin to take it as a compliment. It’s really not hard to fall for the place, and this time-lapse, with its music by M83, wonderful flow and composition by Rich, and its dedication, is pretty special.

You can view the rest of the trilogy here on his Vimeo channel, and check out his website.

Source: Vimeo (All images are screen captures from the 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.

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  2. fotosiamo

    That is just just so drop dead gorgeous!!

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