America’s great cities have been explored numerous times from different angles by modern artists, however, ther’s obviously some space for fresh inspiration in photographic art like this.
Photographer Michael Shainblum has created a brand new style of urban timelapse photography using a mirrored editing technique, reports The Coolist.
The filmmaker has made up a collection of kaleidoscopic timelapse cityscapes of major country’s cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
The artist has blended the mentioned cities together into a single timelapse video called “Mirror City”, a piece of video artwork that yields “a plethora of visual stimulation”, in the words of the artist himself.
“When I first started Mirror City, I wanted to create a video that was completely out of the norm. I wanted to showcase something unique and artistic, which takes Timelapse photography into a more abstract direction,” the photographer explains.
“Mirror City is a visual story through some of the great American cities: Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. These clips were all processed from their original form, into the kaleidoscopic visuals that you see in this video.”
“Many people visit these large cities every day, and all of these places have been shot and filmed, but I wanted to emulate these urban landscapes in a way that nobody has even seen before. I wanted to put man-made geometric shapes, mixed with elements of color and movement to create less of a structured video, and more of a plethora of visual stimulation,” he added.
A few months ago French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze released his own vision of incredible architecture of Hong Kong by pointing his camera straight up.
Though the world has seen numerous crazy, vertigo-inducing rooftopping and skyscraper photography, French graphic artist‘s “Vertical Horizon” photo series takes the opposite approach to yield a similar awe-inspiring effect.
In its 160-page photo book the photographer has shown the strange and often symmetrical patterns found in Hong Kong’s rise.
As The Coolist writes, “from the organically-growing residential tenements to the steel-and-glass commercial superstructures, the figurative flora and fauna of urban evolution are this photographer’s muse.”
The French photo artists first touched down in Hong Kong four years ago, and immediately fell in love with the city’s juxtaposition of brand new skyscrapers right next to traditional tong lau buildings.
Jacquet-Lagreze eventually realized that the similar aspect of all of these incredibly beautiful places is the awe they leave you in when you look straight up.
A series of gorgeous architecture shots of staircases and towering highrises, the Vertical Horizon series explores the city in an unusual way.
Jacquet-Lagrèze calls it “a photographic journey between the buildings of a relentlessly growing city.” Whatever it is, it’s pretty cool.
You can see more of Jacquet-Lagrèze’s Hong Kong photography by visiting his website. Or, if you really like this masterpiece, you can purchase his 160-page Vertical Horizon hardcover book — illustrated by 86 beautiful color plates — for 380 Hong Kong Dollars (about $36 US).