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Breathtaking Timelapse Of Los Angeles Will Give You Chills

Bright lights, big city: LA dazzles under the lens of Colin Rich.
December 25, 2013, 1:00am

City Lights from Colin Rich.

LA's spectacular lights didn't just inspire a range of amazing glowing shoes in the 90s--they also acted as muse for local lensman Colin Rich, who has spent the last few years covering the city from every conceivable angle. Above, Rich unveils City Lights, the last in his Trilogy of Light series.

"It was an nightly adventure that took me to almost every angle of Los Angeles," Rich explains."It was an exercise in patience. A lesson in light. An understanding of what it is to live amongst each other and to understand the system and order of a city, the seemingly complex organics that make it up and the life form that the city truly is."


Traveling daily through the city's freeways, neighborhoods, and avenues with his camera, Rich has charted a side of LA that few have ever seen. Compiling one massive timelapse video, set perfectly to the music of M83, if you are looking for a few minutes of escape this afternoon we definitely recommend City Lights.

"It was challenging," Rich explains about the process. "It was frustrating. Definitely dangerous at times. Sometimes it hurt. I was chased. Yelled at. Warned. But the overall context of things learned, people met, things seen, and places discovered over the past three years shaped who I am today. I didn't always love Los Angeles but I learned to and discovered that this city is much more than temperate weather, palm trees, pretty girls, and beaches; to me the true beauty behind the city lies hidden on the other end of a rusted fire escape to a view no one else has seen."

Below, check out part one and two of Rich's trilogy:

LA Light from Colin Rich.

NightFall from Colin Rich.

You can follow more of Rich's work here, as well as on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.