A History Of The Sky In 360 Year-Long Time-Lapse Videos
You can’t browse a video site these days without coming across a few time-lapse videos, your mouse hovering over the play button as you indulge yourself in some eye-candy. A firm favourite for some subject matter is the sky, but just one take of the sky wasn’t enough for artist Ken Murphy. For his latest project, A History of the Sky, he decided to settle on not one video but 360 of them.
Filmed by installing a camera atop the Exploratorium at the edge of San Francisco Bay, the device was programmed to record an image of the sky every ten seconds between 29th July 2009 and late July 2010. The images were collated from every 24 hour period and made into six minute movies at 24 frames/second, becoming a dynamic portrait of the great blue yonder.
Above is the end result, which shows 360 time-lapse videos, each block a single day, arranged chronologically from the top left to bottom right. Arranged in rows the individual videos become fluctuating pixel art, an alternating blue/grey patchwork of weather patterns and light—the surging of the clouds and the pinking of the sky reminding us what’s going on above our heads while we sit in a building all day. This is what we’ve all been missing.
And, in case you’ve not seen it yet, which must be pretty hard considering it’s had 5.3 million views and been all over the internet this past week, below is another incredible piece of time-lapse cinematography, but this time taken looking down at earth from outer space. It’s pieced together from sequences of photographs taken by the crew members of the International Space Station between August to October 2011.