Paris, The City of Light (New Time Lapse Video)

Snow in Paris!

Well, at least last night, though all evidence is already gone.

I’ve come from 11 days in Vermont where people bat nary an eyelash at several inches of the white stuff (witness photos below), but in Paris even flurries are an event. As it’s a rare occurrence, it casts the city in a different glow.

The excitement of the cityscape seen in a new way also drives this video by Benjamin Trancart. By now, time-lapse photography projects of Paris aren’t a revelation (perhaps the most well-known is Le Flaneur, which I also posted on the blog here), but this one  manages to add a fresh spin with its surreal effects and music by Yasawas-Amon Tobin.

Plus, it took 100,000 photographs to create the video of less than 4 minutes; whatever you think, that’s dedication!

There’s more info on the video and director over on Untapped Cities if you’re interested. If you simply want to watch, though, stay put and enjoy!

(And to finish off, the promised photos of snow)

College Hall at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I spent 11 stimulating days attending many readings and lectures here!

College Hall at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I spent 11 stimulating days attending many readings and lectures here!

To give a little perspective on depth. Yes, those are picnic tables buried under there.

To give a little perspective on depth. Yes, those are picnic tables buried under there.

I have no comparable pictures of Paris, I’m afraid. The usual rain came and washed it away!

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7 Responses to “Paris, The City of Light (New Time Lapse Video)”


  1. 1 bellandainparis January 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous time lapse video! Thank you so much for sharing… I will share your post on my twitter feed. I’m sure that all of those Paris lovers out there would love to see not only the video… but your blog. ;)

    As for Paris snow shots… I have yet to get any of those myself. Was hoping the snow would last till morning… but alas – it wasn’t meant to be.

  2. 4 Franck January 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Mauvaise langue ! It is snowing again! Yes!

  3. 5 Karene January 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I love that video! And the pics of Vermont too. That campus is beautiful! Here in So. California, we never have snow, unless we drive 2 hours up into the mountains. Right now, with highs staying below 60F, So. Californians are complaining about the bitter cold. We couldn’t handle snow! ;)

    • 6 paris (im)perfect January 17, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Ha! Maybe I should consider California. I’m not a cold weather fan!

      Today Paris blessed us with a full day of sunshine, though. Almost unheard of! I am SOOO happy. Amazing how much it lifts the mood.

      Stay warm!

  4. 7 Franck January 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

    And again, and again, and again… and again… maybe we wished that too hard, didn’t we?


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