Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Time Lapses

Shanghai Time-lapse.  Image Source: Chinatravel.net.  Image © Joe Nafis/Chinatimelapse.com.

Look below the break for time-lapse videos that just caught my eye. These are accelerated scenes that give you a peek at the hidden objective lives of a country, a city, or a person, beneath our subjective experiences.

Video Source: Youtube.

A father photographed his daughter almost every day for ten years and made the above video, which covers a decade of her life in almost a minute and a half.  The video below shows a man, Noah Kalina, who photographed himself for 2,356 days straight.  It really reveals how we float through time - and how our surroundings only give fleeting stability.

Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years. Video Source: NK5000 @ Youtube. Video © Noah Kalina (homepage; blog; twitter).

Caption for the above video: "January 11, 2000 - July 31, 2006. 2356 Days. A work in progress. Original music by Carly Comando."  Kalina's project continues - you can see the results from 2000 to 2010 by clicking here.   On his site, he states: "With the emergence of digital technology as a means to quickly and affordably take on a long term photography project, coupled with an interest in the subtleties of the ageing process, I started photographing myself every day."  This project has attracted the attention of celebrities, who have been photographed with him.  Those photos are on his Flickr site here.

Me. Video Source: ahreelee @ Youtube.

In the video above, a girl photographed herself every day for three years, from 2001 to 2004.  These personal videos are just three of many such web experiments, where people have photographed themselves daily over long periods of time.  There are time-lapse video subsets of beard-growing Youtubing men and pregnancy-cataloguing women.  The longer the time frame, the closer the camera gets to capturing the essence of the subject.

Time Lapse. Video Source: manhattancoffee @ Youtube. Video © 599 Productions.

Check out the planes landing in the above video.

remanence : variance. Video Source: samtk01 @ Youtube. Video © Samuel Cockedey.

Caption for the above video:
a. the state of being remanent; continuance; permanence.
b. the magnetic flux remaining in a substance after the magnetizing force has been withdrawn.

a. a difference between what is expected and what actually occurs.
b. the number of thermodynamic variables, such as temperature and pressure, required to specify a state of equilibrium of a system, given by the phase rule."

UPDATE (07/11/2011): One of the videos of a time lapse trip across the USA was removed because the link was no longer active.

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  1. The girl was recently on yahoo news. The guy who videoed himself for 6 years is interesting, I can see the little boy he must have once been in his face.

    But the absolute winner is the cross-country trip!

    Speaking of, I take it you made it safely home?

  2. Thanks for the comment Jay, all well. Yes imagine the commitment it would take to photograph oneself every day - Noah Kalina has been doing it for about 10 years now. His interest is in time and ageing.