Sunday, January 4, 2009

Witness a whole year in 40 seconds

I came across this fascinating video on yahoo. It's a whole year of a landscape in Oslo, Norway seen in 40 seconds. Similar to condensed multi-year video portraits on youtube (which seems to have continued according to his website), it's a viral hit.

I did a little digging on the photographer's web site,, and found some interesting tidbits. In short, he took all of the images manually as stills using his Canon from the same location. After converting to HDR, he used photoshop to layer them into a stack (so they would all line up exactly), cropped, and then pulled them into final cut pro. Eirik's blog is quite great and has some other interesting photo tech stuff, so I encourage those who lean towards social media, internet, blogs, etc. to check it out - this is you DK!

Time has been on my mind as of late (see my show Keeping Time), as has landscape (see New England Survey). Although on a more vernacular level, this video idea certainly also recalls Jem Southam's work as well as Boston's own Karl Baden (who has been photographing himself for over 20 years). Southam's work was on view at the Davis Museum this past year (you can read a great interview with him here) and Baden's entire "Every Day" project was on display at Howard Yezerski's in 2007. In the latter, contact prints were for sale for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis. I bought three.

Hopefully 2009 won't go as fast as the above. Enjoy!

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