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Versus: The Stars or the City Lights?

I’ve talked about the creators project before, and I’m always finding new videos from them that are both inspirational and awe-inspiring. “The Art of the Timelapse” features Michael Shainblum, a¬†photographer/artist¬†that creates amazing timelapse videos. To see his work, I definitely recommend checking out the video above.

In the video there is a part where he mentions his past film, “evolution”, where he contrasts the calmness of nature and the hustle and bustle of the city. I found this to be an interesting comparison, because it’ll actually a topic that comes up a lot without ever delving too deep.

If you live in the city, you probably can’t see the stars, and if so, not many. Whereas, if you live in a rural area, then you definitely can. I grew up on the cusp of a farm/country town in a little subdivision. I could sit in my backyard and clearly see the stars, or I could drive less than 5 minutes north and feel like I was seeing galaxies. Surprisingly however, I don’t miss it. Not one bit. I’m a city girl, and I love everything about it, including the hustle and bustle and including the city lights. I find them beautiful and ever-changing, depending on whats happening in the city, what office lights are on and off, and especially in Toronto, the changing colours of the CN Tower.

Am I alone on this? What do you prefer?

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Time Lapse: Toronto Is Home

Another time lapse of Toronto, this time from Javin Lau, called Toronto is Home. Javin’s description attached to the video has an underlying message about Toronto and where we hold our selves in comparison to other cities and our true worth and/or value. At the end of the description he says we’re a city “just finding our way.”

I agree that we’re finding our way, but I also think that we’re often misunderstood and too often compared to others. Too often we are compared to other cities and it would be great if Toronto had the ability to be incomparable; think New York, Chicago, Miami, Montreal etc. These cities are incomparable because they stand on their own. It’d be nice if people could say “Toronto is just Toronto. It’s unlike any other city. You CANNOT compare them.” I say that often, but sometimes I’d like to hear that from others too.

Anyways. Great video. There are some fantastic shots in here. I love the night time shots especially. Also, awesome song! I’ve been on a big Clams Casino kick since late last year, and “All I Need” by them is the featured song in this video. Good stuff all around.

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