14 January 2014

We are Losing the War on Timelapse, Part I

By

Paranoia

Among the many evils of time-lapse photography is its ideology of travelogue-as-deep-insight. Time-lapse turns the world into a vacation, experience into leisure, and photography itself into a solipsistic mirror-ball. A case in point is this screenshot from the Time Lapse Italia website (I’m not making this up).

Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 11.34.43

You are bronzed. You are beautiful. You look at stuff that’s not directly in front of you. You are on holiday. You have a laptop. You need other people to know that you are bronzed, beautiful, that you look at stuff that’s not directly in front of you, that you are on holiday and that you have a laptop.

You wear white on the beach.

You do time-lapse photography.


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