January 01, 2014

Time lapse: “City Lights”

Two years ago filmmaker Colin Rich did the impossible, making me find LA beautiful. Now he’s back with a vengeance. Behold City Lights, created for (and featuring the music of) M83:

Colin writes,

‘City Lights’ is the final chapter from my “Trilogy of Light” series that began a couple years ago with ‘LA Light’ and then followed up with ‘Nightfall’. It was a nightly adventure that took me to almost every angle of Los Angeles.

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.

Check out more info in an interview on LA Canvas. Colin will be running a limited series of high quality Kodak Endura VC metallic prints. Contact him if interested in purchasing them.

[Vimeo] [Via Rick Miller]

Posted by John Nack at 8:07 AM on January 01, 2014


  • Dan — 8:43 AM on January 01, 2014

    “capillaric avenues”? Why do folks have to make up words to substitute for legitimate words that already exist, in this case “capillaries.” And to add insult to injury, replacing one word with two.

  • Alex — 10:55 AM on January 01, 2014

    Outstanding. John how do you find these spectacular images. Good work Colin. I would call this ‘inspirational’ for me. Thank you. I needed this to kick off the new year. Happy New Year J.

  • Darryn — 10:38 AM on January 10, 2014

    Beautiful capture…as he said a lesson in patience but he has an amazing talent too

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