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March 1, 2010 2:04 PM   Subscribe

Tokyo/Glow A time-lapse photographic narration of an illuminated traffic light man who leaves his light and walks around Tokyo. [Direct link to video on YouTube - more info here than on actual site]
posted by gomichild (22 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I like this very much.
posted by gaspode at 2:09 PM on March 1, 2010


Wow. That was visually and musically beautiful; the exercise of patience it must have required is breathtaking. Thank you!
posted by ZakDaddy at 2:14 PM on March 1, 2010


That was pretty great!
posted by Mister_A at 2:17 PM on March 1, 2010


Fantastic, just fantastic. I-have-goosebumps fantastic.
posted by deacon_blues at 2:31 PM on March 1, 2010


Neato!

the exercise of patience it must have required is breathtaking

While some of the closer shots look as if they were shot in time lapse, a lot of the distant shots look like he was inserted in, especially the long shot in the intersection. I'd imagine had he really done it, he would have been road pizza.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:33 PM on March 1, 2010


Lumitectura—Music video about the relation of light, music and architecture. About 50 different masks, which define where the under-layed movie is going to appear on the screen. This makes it possible to have multiple light situations in the same moment.
posted by netbros at 2:43 PM on March 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's great. Thank you for sharing!
posted by anodyne- at 3:25 PM on March 1, 2010


aaaaaaaah. that was beautiful
posted by toodleydoodley at 3:46 PM on March 1, 2010


I was pretty impressed. It was better without the punchline, though.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:38 PM on March 1, 2010


Wonderful!
posted by Malice at 4:53 PM on March 1, 2010


Charming!
posted by fontor at 5:47 PM on March 1, 2010


Nice, thanks gomichild!
posted by carter at 6:38 PM on March 1, 2010


Wow - I love night photography in Tokyo, but this was so far beyond just that...! Absolutely amazing. Thanks for bringing beauty to my day.
posted by harujion at 6:51 PM on March 1, 2010


Im sorry, but I've seen credit card commercials with more wit and inspiration than this.

Meh.
posted by longsleeves at 6:57 PM on March 1, 2010


Yeah, that was very well done. Didn't like the music, really, but the film was killer.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:01 PM on March 1, 2010


Oh, and the ending was great.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:01 PM on March 1, 2010


I'd imagine had he really done it, he would have been road pizza.

Or, this being Japan, road okonomiaki.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:02 PM on March 1, 2010


Or, this being Tokyo, road monjayaki.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:04 PM on March 1, 2010


Definitely road monjayaki. Gooey and globby and unappealing.
posted by that girl at 8:19 PM on March 1, 2010


In retrospect, I would have liked it much more if I hadn't learned how it was done, and left myself with the illusion that the glow-guy had actually v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, in real time, worked his way across the intersection through multiple traffic-light cycles. I mean, it's not like he wouldn't have been pretty visible and easy to avoid. Then again, I've never been a pedestrian in Tokyo so maybe I'm asking the utterly impossible.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:26 PM on March 1, 2010


Beautiful. Nice find.
posted by chairface at 8:28 PM on March 1, 2010


Almost twenty years since I've been to Tokyo, and it still was so familiar...I'm going to have to round up some free time and go back for a while.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 10:30 PM on March 1, 2010


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