There are moments in our day to day that are better described with a simple picture, a second in time where no words can express the power of what we are witnessing. Whether the picture is being taken in space or in your neighbourhood, the best pictures are those that don't need a caption.
I consider myself lucky for having moved to Toronto and be able to grow up in one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Just like everywhere else in the world it has its ups and downs, but the capital of Ontario provides a healthy mixture of North-American culture with the remaining cultures of the world. If you look closely at the city map you can find just about a little-anything, as half-of Toronto's population of 2.6 million were born outside of Canada. There is something electrifying about this city, from its lively street corners and gypsy-like markets of Kensington to sky scrapers and old-fashioned trams. As a result, there have been numerous occasions where I wished had the camera ready; I guess I was simply enjoying the moment and saving it in my mental camera roll.
I don't think any picture could accurately describe a city, that is why I am a big fan of time lapse photography; where the rate at which frames are captured is much slower than the rate at which they are viewed. The end product provides a very interesting perspective, where the energy and pulse of the city is bottled into a brief video. Below is my favourite time-lapse of Toronto done by Ryan Emond; it portrays the magic of the city I call home in a very effective manner. I encourage you to check Ryan's website, where you can find beautiful stills and more time-lapse videos.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the thousands of images used to make my favourite time lapses... well too many words to say that's for sure. Below is another time-lapse video by TimeLapseHD, this time of Vancouver, another one of Canada's riveting cities. I've never had the pleasure of visiting Vancouver, but if this video is any indication then it must be added to my list of destinations.
Text by: Edmundo Rodrigues ©
idea mater is a series of articles, ideas and reflections written and compiled by Rafael Fraga and Edmundo Rodrigues. Topics such as history, science, art or life-style are presented with a hint of personal opinion.
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