This Time-Lapse of Dubai is the Dubai of Time-Lapses

By Michael Hession on at

Remember when time-lapses first started hitting the internet? Simple sunsets over the word's greatest cities were enough to enthral. No more.

This over-the-top time lapse of Dubai is a perfect reflection of its very subject: opulent, excessive, awe-inducing. Just watch this three-minute tour-de-force by time-lapse professional Rob Whitworth. The amount of production, effort and, indeed, time involved is staggering.

After I watched it, the momentary euphoria of colour and motion wore off and I was left feeling slightly sickly. The time lapse, what was once a folk obession of the digital age – a wondrous, if formulaic, expression of beauty through technology – has become a production of grand scale.

The time-lapse has evolved like every other trend and trope in visual culture. From tilt-shift to hyperlapse, it has spawned conventions and professional practitioners, arriving finally with demonstrations of excess like we see in Dubai Flow Motion.

Now excuse me while I go watch it again. [Petapixel]