We’ve all seen time-lapse videos of Boston before. Awe-inspiring as they may be, they’ve been done (almost) to death. But “Boston Layer-Lapse,” from local photographer Julian Tryba, is a more impressionistic take on the time-lapse genre, relying on multiple simultaneous time-lapse layers and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to create a mesmerizing, 100% unique look at the city we love.


Boston Layer-Lapse from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.

From the video’s description:

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

The layer-lapse theory is put to great effect in Tryba’s video, as building lights flash floor by floor like a piano run and puddles illuminate to the rhythm of the music. Tryba said on his Facebook page that the project took months to complete, but here’s hoping he finds time to make a sequel soon.

[h/t Laughing Squid]