Julian Tryba Photography

A new spin on time-lapse tech shows city features at distinct times of day, all in one frame.

Time-lapse photography of cities is cool, if a little tired by now. While condensing the madness of Times Square on New Year's Eve into a 2-minute video produces a fun change in perspective, at this point the thrill is gone.

But what happens when you time-lapse a city without regard for the 24-hour clock? Instead of buildings, parks, and commuters moving in unison from morning to midnight, you could show distinct city features at different times of day, all in one frame.

"Layer-lapsing," as it's called, is how photographer Julian Tryba recently captured Boston. Over 100 hours, Tryba shot 150,000 photos of different neighborhoods. Inspired by Einstein's theory of relativity, Tryba spent over 350 hours editing and producing the photos in a way that coherently documents Boston in constant flux. According to time lapse network, this is the first layer-lapse video ever produced. And if I may revert to my Massachusetts roots for a second, the result is wicked cool.

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