What a perfect celebration of the beauty of Los Angeles…City Lights, the newly released time lapse video by by Colin Rich.
City Lights is the final chapter in Rich’s ‘Trilogy of Lights’ series. LA Light was released in August of 2011; Nightfall was released in August of 2012. The time lapse technique allows Rich to take us on a tour of our City…transporting us high above at angles we only imagine in our dreams.
According to Rich’s Vimeo page, where he introduces his video to the viewer, filming City Lights – and the ‘Trilogy’ in general – challenged him to find ways to view our City.
It was an exercise in patience. A lesson in light. An understanding of what it is to live amongst each other and to understand the system and order of a city, the seemingly complex organics that make it up and the life form that the city truly is. A visualization of sonder. It was a daily jaunt to watch the arterial freeway systems pump car cells through its body and channel them to the capillaric avenues that are our neighborhoods and homes. It was a chance to break away from the 70mph freeway perspective and to observe the sun slip from view and watch the electric dance of nightfall begin. It was challenging. It was frustrating. Definitely dangerous at times. Sometimes it hurt. I was chased. Yelled at. Warned. But the overall context of things learned, people met, things seen, and places discovered over the past three years shaped who I am today. I didn’t always love Los Angeles but I learned to and discovered that this city is much more than temperate weather, palm trees, pretty girls, and beaches; to me the true beauty behind the city lies hidden on the other end of a rusted fire escape to a view no one else has seen.
We’re going to watch all 3 of Rich’s videos on our big screen TV over the holidays. With the family gathered, City Lights is sure to stir our common passion for the City of Angels.