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Boston 'Layer Lapse' Shows City In A Whole New Light

BOSTON (CBS) - These days everyone has a camera, and everyone is taking video. But every once in a while you come across someone who's taking the visual arts to a new level. And Julian Tryba is one of those people.

"I kind of wanted to bring a new twist to time lapse," says Tryba. Mission accomplished.

He didn't even really know how to use a camera for video purposes until a year or two ago, but his curiosity led him to teach himself the process. And in just a short amount of time, he created a stunning new version of Boston that no one has seen before.

It's called a 'layer lapse.' What almost looks like CGI is the culmination of 100 hours of shooting around Boston, 150,000 photos, and 350 hours of post (editing). Tryba walked around the city, climbed to the top of parking garages, and just flat out asked (often turned down) for access to some of Boston's most iconic spots. The result is not just beautiful to the eyes, but an auditory experience as well.

The concept is based on physics, and the idea that time may be more non-linear than we previously thought. It should be noted that Tryba is very familiar with physics – his day job is designing jet engines for General Electric.

"I thought why don't I just animate to music and introduce this idea that there could be multiple different clocks with day and night ebbing and flowing to the music," says Tryba.

Julian Tryba
Julian Tryba (WBZ-TV)

In essence, each segment you watch in the video is 6 hours occurring simultaneously. Buildings, sky cover, traffic patterns, and water all move to the beat of Tryba's creativity. He wasn't quite sure how to do it at first, so he searched for a number of computer programs online. Once he found the right ones, he was able to manipulate them to have the Hub dance to the rhythm.

"Whenever I listen to music I have this visual experience as well that goes along with music and I really wanted to find a way of sharing that."

It was the first big video Tryba had ever posted. But once it was up, people noticed. The video had over 250,000 hits on Vimeo within the first couple of days. Since then, he's licensed pieces of it for TV, the Boston Celtics, and other websites.

Tryba is already planning another version, and thinks his muse may remain Boston for it. It may end up featuring a broader range of time scales and some super slow-mo elements, so his Vimeo page may be one to bookmark. You can see his full work here:


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