I’m a bit of a Japan-o-phile. I’m highly interested in Japanese culture, and particularly their older culture and history. From my and family interest and study of martial arts, to food, and this seemingly infallible pursuit of perfection in whatever it is they pursue, Shinrin-Yoku is perhaps, one of my favorite practices stemming from Japanese culture. It means forest bathing, simply.
More closely it refers to the calming, soothing, and restorative effects that spending time alone in nature can provide. It’s said that stimuli in the modern world is harsh; from lights, to sounds, and every sensory experience in between. But those of nature; the rustling of leaves, twigs breaking under-foot, and natural lights, have a soothing effect on body and mind. The following time-lapse really sort of encapsulates that.
Michingan-based photographer Vincent Brady has a fascination with fireflies, which he goes on to make the distinction that they aren’t flies at all, but beetles. Either way, his affection for them led him to make his first full blown time lapse. It uses long exposure shots as well as shorter ones and the effect is one of movement, and also of trails like you’d see in a long exposure star photo. It’s beautiful, and the nature of the beetles has the lights seemingly come from nowhere.
The video is a joint venture with Brady as photographer and his friends who provide the music, and I have to say the music was lovely a touch. The combination of the two really conjure up feelings of still summer nights, where the glow is from nature, and not from an LCD screen.
You can find more from Brady here on his site.