The anonymously submitted image above is the product of post-production, but it illustrates the possibilities of one of the most compelling kinds of image-making: time lapse photography. The advent of time lapse photography has made it possible for humans to see the world in a way they never could before, with multiple perspectives on a single object through time. The following videos, animated picture sequences and still images illustrate the range of creative possibilities afforded by time lapse photography an the amazing possibilities of art in motion.
Above: a lovely sequence of images, taken from various perspectives, but all from the apartment of a single individual in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Above: the timely process of painting a super-sized jet airplane in fast-motion.
Above: a somewhat disturbing illustration of a tomato degrading over time.
Above: a real series of photographs taken across the course of a single day.
Time lapse images can allow us to conceptualize information in unique ways, such as this sped-up day in the life of Google search traffic or can even help explain why celebrity photos look so great. They are an interesting way of viewing nature, such as the beautiful change of plants over time or even the change of seasons from a single window. Time lapse photography also provides ways to visualize the amazing capacities of humankind, such as this immense construction project done in just three days or this strange but fascinating online community art project. Finally, here is some easy-to-do but impressive urban light graffiti done by simply delaying the exposure upon taking the shot.