A slow dance we cannot see

I remember being fascinated with those high school biology films (films, not videos or DVDs — that should date me) that showed us time-lapse footage of seedlings sprouting and flowers blooming. It always seemed to me that those filmed events were actually slow dances, intricate and beautiful, and all the more intriguing because they were beyond our human vision.

The schoolroom equipment has changed, but the beauty of those slow dances has not. Czech photographer Katka Pruskova captured some of it in this gorgeous video, produced from 7,100 photographs taken over a period of more than 730 hours. All of the flowers were from her garden or her mother’s.

According to Pruskova’s Vimeo page:

It was shot in a homemade “studio” that I made in a cabinet. I covered the back of the cabinet with black cloth, the flower was placed in the middle, and the whole cabinet was then covered with another cloth to insulate from the daylight (to keep the light constant, which is the most important). Two led lamps were used to illuminate the flowers.

Some flowers bloomed in hours, some in few days.. therefore the interval between photos varies from few seconds to several minutes depending on the type of flower.. after several missed tries you’ll learn 😉

[…]The music is called Arrival of the Birds by The Cinematic Orchestra… amazing music, my favorite..

I’d not heard this music before, but it’s lovely.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to A slow dance we cannot see

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    Ah, that was a wonderful curative for the ice and snow and dormant greyness around here! Awesome photography, too. Quite inspiring.

    I’ll bet you were the helpful kid who rethreaded the films and fixed the projectors for the teachers, right? 😉

  2. Caden says:

    This was beautiful! I AM older than you and loved those films. How would she power a camera that would allow constant shots taken? Must have an amazing auto focus. Nothing tops nature waking up for video. I mean, know any human over age five who unfolds awake all charged for the new day??

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