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“Mirror City” Timelapse Video by Michael Shainblum

Posted on July 19, 2013 in Photography

“Mirror City” Timelapse Video by Michael Shainblum

I recently discovered a photographer named Michael Shainblum, who is a video/photo shooter based out of Southern California. Michael is currently pursuing a degree at Brooks Insitute of Photography in Santa Barbara. He shoots everywhere in California, and he shoots almost everything. Usually, when someone doesn’t specialize in one type of photography, their work isn’t as great (speaking for myself here), but it seems to me that Michael  has managed to master all kinds of painting with light, including portraiture, landscapes/cityscapes, astrophotography, timelapse, and films.

Michael’s latest project is a timelapse video that he’d spent a large amount of time on shooting and editing.

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. 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.


I have worked on this piece for an extremely long amount of time. I have spent time mirroring images and videos for the past five years, and I have been working on this specific piece for about four months. I felt it was time to combine Timelapse photography and the simplicity of a kaleidoscope, and create Mirror City.

Below are some more of Michael’s previous timelapse videos.




Behind The Lapse

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