Time-lapse: the creative videos of Rob Whitworth

Time-lapse is a cinematographic technique in which the capture frequency of each photogram is definitely lower of the frequency of reproduction. Due to this difference, the projection of the photograms at a frequency of 24fps in the final video gives the effect that time flows more rapidly than normal.

In a nutshell, thanks to this capture method of the scene, the photographer is able to speed up so much the running time that he can illustrate something that we wouldn’t be able to notice in reality, such as the stars’ relative movements, the simple movement of clouds, the dissolution of ice cubes in a glass of orange juice, etc.).

Consequently, the time-lapse technique is able to reproduce terrific videos and its application ranges from naturalist documentaries to the realization of corporate clips or the simple tale of a story.

In the following time-lapse video of Shanghai, photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking.

“This is Shanghai” is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district traveling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao.

Rob Whitworth (www.robwhitworth.co.uk) is a creative time lapse photographer from the UK based in Asia. His previous videos, “Traffic in Frenetic HCMC” and “Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT” have received international attention including being short listed for 7 film festivals, and have had received well over 2 million online views.

In particular, the Ho Chi Minh City video is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the city relentless energy and pace of change; while the Kuala Lumpur video is the result of 5 months and 400 hours of solid work, 4 cameras, 40 shoots, 640 gigabytes of data and 19,997 photographs.

JT Singh (www.jtsingh.com) has explored hundreds of emerging cities around the world and is a next generation thinker about the value and impact of 21st century cities. Having grown up in Toronto JT is now based in China.

He explains: “The over-riding reason we made this video was to creatively show the world visually how China is rising, in particular Chinese cities. Just as New York City exemplified the strengths and ambitions of emerging America in the 20th century, Shanghai, perhaps more than any old or emerging rival, will personify the power and dreams of rising Asia in the 21st century.”


Rob Whitworth

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T Singh

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