Spring has stepped out for a pack of smokes so Winter can come back for a couple of days to remind everyone in NYC how fun it is to sleep with the windows wide open next to a seething steam radiator playing an avant garde minimalist art noise symphony that was too edgy for Bang On A Can. While we wait for heaven to fall to the earth in the form of gardenias, please enjoy Jamie Scott's downright mesmerizing timelapse video of flowers blooming, in the dark and in the park.
Scott tells us the music, composed by Jim Perkins, was created in conjunction with the visuals. "Perkins and I would pass our work in progress back and forth so we could synchronize them perfectly," Scott wrote in an email. Filming of the blooming flowers took place partly on a mini-stage Scott built in his wardrobe, where he used a "time-lapse slider" that enabled him to shoot the process while the camera was moving.
The whole project took Scott three years to complete, and wasn't easy:
When you shoot a flower blooming with a static camera the timing doesn't really matter. You might guess that it takes 4 days to bloom and work out your timings and how many shots you want from there. But if it takes 3 days or 6 days it doesn't really matter because you can cut frames off the start or speed the footage up.
With my piece I had to get the timing precisely right because I needed the flowers to bloom in the centre of frame. I also couldn't change the speed of the footage because all the flowers had to be composited together so they had to be the same speed. I found pretty quickly that one tulip say might bloom in 3 days while another will take 6.
So getting the shots I needed was just sheer trail and error. I would say for every flower that's in the piece I shot another 10 that didn't work.
For more of Scott's nature-oriented time-lapse work, check out his sumptuous take on "Fall" below: