Combining the capabilities of a high-speed camera with the basic idea that “there are enough [magical moments] happening every moment of any given day,” New York artist James Nares is currently captivating audiences at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his mesmerizing video “Street.”
Shot in September of 2011, “Street” consists entirely of slow-motion panning shots of the streets of New York, as seen from a moving car. Using a high-speed camera, Nares captured 16 hours of footage, which he then edited down to 3 (regular speed) minutes — translating into just over an hour of slow-mo magic.
In his own words:
My intention was to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at a particular moment of thought, expression, or activity… a film to be viewed 100 years from now.
You can catch a couple of minutes of “Street” by checking out the preview at the top. Or, if you’re lucky enough to be living in NYC at the moment, head over to the Met where the video will make up the centerpiece of the “Street” exhibit from now until May 27th.