Umwelt is a short film like none that you’ve ever seen before. I’m very confident in that.
Well executed timelapses have a hypnotic quality—a fluid rhythm that isn’t like anything else. Achieving that feel is not easy and takes lots of time consuming experience. There are so many variables that you can throw into the mix, none more complicated and difficult than the flower bloom timelapses.
Somehow, using post-processing techniques that I’m unable to describe, Katayama has created these bloom timelapses, all while having insects crawl on them, as if in real time. There’s absolutely nothing like it that I’ve ever seen. It’s the definition of serenity.
What makes Umwelt even more special is the second video and angle captured. The beetle climbing up the stalk of a blooming flower captures such a wide range of memories within me. Umwelt is something that’s uniquely special among timelapse photography.
Artist Captures Insects Crawling on Flowers as They Bloom in Timelapse
Katayama no doubt relied on some creative editing or camera technique to blend these two forms of videography, but thus far he has stayed quiet about how exactly it was done. Let us know if you have any ideas.
And if you want to learn or see more, the artist created this website where you can watch a few more insect/flower pairs interact, accompanied by their scientific names.
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(cover photo credit: snap from video)