Cities are like living organisms that grow and change overtime. It takes years for these changes, but timelapse photographer Keith Loutit managed to pack it into just five minutes. He has created another stunning timelapse of Singapore, showing us the everlasting change and growth of this incredible city.
The timelapse is titled Lion City Rising, and it was recorded over the course of eight years: from 2012 to 2020. Keith teamed up with composer Michael Adler Miltersen to add some fantastic music to his video. In the timelapse, you can see how the city changes, how buildings get demolished to make a place for new, more modern ones. You can see changes in weather; in darkness and light… And it’s like magic.
As you can probably imagine, creating a timelapse like this took a whole lot of work. Here are some stats Keith shared in the video description:
- Permanent timelapse cameras: 0
- Long-term shots used: 75
- Shoot Days: 988
- Matched Shots: 3300+
- Flights of stairs climbed & filmed: 1385 (…8 Burj Khalifas!)
- Music Demos & Tracks in the Lion City Rising Mix: 70 & 138.
- Footage speed range: cars at night play at 5x real time. The fastest wideshots play at 30 mMillion x real time.
- Visits by Michael to Singapore: 15.
- Most site visits for a single shot: 84 – Pearls Bank Demolition from 335 Smith St.
- Most difficult shot: Outram Night to Day fly-by – 40m drift. 2 years. 870 aligned shots.
If Keith Loutit’s name sounds familiar, you probably know him by two other timelapse videos of Singapore: The Lion City and The Lion City II – Majulah. Personally, I think that he pushed the boundaries with each new timelapse. Not only his own, but the boundaries of timelapse creating in general.
Since 2020 has been pretty rough, Keith has shared a message with his audience. He hopes that Lion City Rising “will help you to reflect on all that you have achieved, and know that this difficult time will pass.” He also shared a supportive message for Singapore’s foreign workers and healthcare professionals “who have endured so much,” and he thanks all of them who work hard to keep our families safe.