This Timelapse Of Dubai Is The Dubai Of Timelapses

This Timelapse Of Dubai Is The Dubai Of Timelapses

Remember when timelapses first started hitting the internet? Simple sunsets over the word’s greatest cities were enough to enthral. 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 timelapse 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 icky. The timelapse, what was once a folk-obesssion of the digital age — a wondrous, if formulaic, expression of beauty through technology — has become a production of grand scale. The timelapse 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. [via Petapixel]