Street: A Mesmerizing Slow-Motion Drive Down the Streets of NYC

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.

(via photographsonthebrain)

  • Richard


  • Paul Donohoe

    blimey!! just wonderful I’ve been saying in my work for a long time that there are no “ordinary” moments, but not as articulately as this. There is a strange visual effect I can’t explain. Like some of the people stand out more than others..does that make sense to anyone?

  • Tobias W.

    It’s called field of depth. ;) The panning from a driving car adds to the effect, as the relative speed at which objects in each layer of the frame (=distance) is different enough to make them stand out more. No magic, just physics.

  • David K. Sutton

    Actually, it’s “depth of field,” but who’s taking notes anyway? :)

  • Dane S.

    2:02-2:10 is the best part; Whilst it probably happened too fast for him to actually realize it, it looks like the fellow in the glasses realizes he’s being filmed. Try as he might to speak up, he is powerless against the power of extreme-slow motion!

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  • AdminHarald

    Love it!

  • Maverice

    I feel like he could have chosen a more compelling landscape than the corner of Macy’s and H&M (or for those who live here, tourist hell). Union Square, any of the parks during a festival, the Lower East Side… any and all of these are suitable options.

    As for “[magical moments] happening every moment of any given day,” the only one I *may* have seen was the potential shoplifter (@1:14- background left, white shirt, side bag) making a run for it. …or was he just running for a light? Who knows. I didn’t see any slo-mo magic, I saw people crossing the street at a light near Herald Square.

    I do love the effect and music though. That was mesmerizing.

  • Maverice

    lol, or the guy at 2:11, who’s just not having any part of it so he covers his face.

  • Dane S.

    Fortunately for him, we’re too busy reeling over the traffic cop’s epic photobomb (videobomb?) at 1:52!

  • Jake

    And this is why I find most street photography utterly boring. And why most street photographers only end up using one out of the hundreds or thousands if pictures they take.

  • halezaidi17vi

    my classmate’s sister makes $74/hr on the laptop. She has been out of work for 8 months but last month her income was $12112 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on  Ask25.c­om

  • brob

    I think what’s more interesting is the people who are standing still

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  • dmkamera

    produced in 2011, a slow mo drive through Cambridge , MA. set to Radiohead ‘Codex’.

  • K G

    Literally made me nauseous

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Damn you technology!!

  • Maverice

    Ha! Hadn’t seen that… Terrible!