Everyone has a story to share from 2020, and this mine: I’m driven by the passion to create images that tell stories. Each moment, or photograph, represents a tangible piece of our memories as time passes.
I have to start by saying that the title of this video doesn’t mean that we covered the entire Montreal metropolitan area. We call it “Montréal Total” because this video has photo sequences of the city made during different seasons, from Winter 2012 to Fall 2017.
Los Angeles is internationally known for its traffic. There are so many cars in this city that traffic violation statistics seem a little bit crazy year after year, no matter what authorities do to enforce good behavior behind the wheel.
Montréal has many spots to capture its skyline line from, which is very helpful for photography, the most notorious places are Parc Jean Drapeau, the Old Port (from the Clock Tower), and the Mount Royal hill. And for those who are not afraid of heights there is an observation deck located on the 46th floor of the Place Ville Marie building that offers 360-degree view of the city.
There is so much history in this area of Los Angeles that you wouldn’t believe it! Both Santa Monica and Venice Beach have been used as the set for many TV shows and feature films including “Cobra” (1986), “Pacific Blue” (1996-2000), “Point of No Return” (1993), and “The Net (1995)” just to name a few.
This video includes photo sequences from the Hollywood Boulevard, the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Hills but we also included the Hollywood Tower, which was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1988. Each one of the areas came with its own set of difficulties.
It has been two and a half years since I embarked on this adventurous and ever-challenging project of documenting Los Angeles using the time-lapse photography technique. From scouting locations, planning, waiting for perfect weather conditions (which are rare in LA) to hiking and driving so many miles throughout the city always looking for a good photography spot, the whole experience has been just amazing.
Continuing with the series of time-lapse videos, TimeLAX02 includes photo sequences from Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley areas along with additional shots from Downtown Los Angeles and its surroundings. Hiking to Mount Lee to capture the city during the sunset behind the world famous Hollywood Sign involved taking four long walks uphill with 30lbs of camera gear, a powerful flashlight, snake-guards and a can of bear spray (to be somehow protected against wild animals) but being up there was a totally amazing experience. This iconic landmark is protected by a technological fortress, surrounded by a regular fence to stop visitors (and vandals) from trespassing and getting close to the sign, which is strictly prohibited. The sign is monitored 24/7 with infrared surveillance cameras.