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City Rising: Artist At Work

Tom Ryaboi‘s City Rising came out about a year ago, but what he’s made and what he says about it are timeless. “Art”, said David Mamet, “is an expression of joy and awe. It is not an attempt to share one’s virtues and accomplishments with the audience, but an act of selfless spirit”. Just read what he says about his journey to City Rising in his own words, click on the video and enjoy watching “where the boundary between earth and sky is unclear and the placid beauty of the city lays spread out below”.

Over and above all the technical challenges — motion control gear, constantly changing light, aperture flicker — shooting a timelapse forces you to look inside: after setting up your shot, there’s often not much you can do for hours, but sit up there and ponder while the camera does it’s thing. The relationship between the cold glass, steel and concrete below coupled with the often majestic clouds, sky and sun/moon never ceases to be a source of wonder. And so the purpose of what you’re doing becomes a frequent question in your mind.

With City Rising I wanted to bring others up to this perspective, and from here, show them the city as they have never seen it before — where the boundary between earth and sky is unclear and the placid beauty of the city lays spread out below, quietly humming along.

The music, “Journey to the Line”, is by the great Hans Zimmer.

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