Mirrorlapse Reveals the Faces Hidden in Urban Architecture

British filmmaker Richard Bentley makes digital faces out of cityscapes.
February 29, 2016, 7:52pm
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British filmmaker Richard Bentley works a lot with timelapse, and has a particular interest in city architecture as art and commerce. In Sometimes I See Faces, Bentley combines these two passions in abstract fashion by using effects like mirroring to explore symmetry and transformation. It is, he explains, an opportunity to make the inorganic seem organic through the faces he sees in architecture. The faces, glowing with light and pulsating with city motion, are more Rorschach test than anything—the product of Bentley’s symmetrical timelapse impressionism.

“I've spent a lot of time recently working with rotating, flipping, and transforming images, in particular my stills. I wanted to apply this to this video, if in a slightly disturbing way,” Bentley says. “I edited the entire video in Adobe Premier Pro CC and used the turbulent transformation effect with the mirror effect and then embedded myself in keyframe heaven for several hours to time with the music. All timelapses are from my Dubai work.”

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