Local Artist Portrays New York in Miniature

by - February 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm -

Have you ever stood on the balcony of a very tall building and watched people walking on the street below, marveling at how much they look like tiny busy ants? Upper West Sider Sam O’Hare took pictures of New York from high above the street, editing his work in a style, called “tilt-shift”, that makes the city and its minions¬†look miniature.¬†The resulting 5 and a half minute film is made up of about 35,000 still photographs. It is called The Sandpit.

The still above was captured from a building on 106th Street and Central Park West, though much of the rest of the film was shot in other parts of the city. There’s a longer explanation of the process he used to make the film here.

O’Hare, a director, visual effects artist, and photographer, came to Manhattan Valley via England two years ago. An architecture graduate, he evenutally moved into computer animation and film. He now works primarily in commercials, and is represented by Aero Film.

So what inspired him to make this film?

“I love the look of the tilt-shift timelapse technique, and wanted to use it to explore my inspiring adopted home, New York City.”

Look for a short clip of the Upper West Side around 3:29. Or check out the video in larger format here.

The Sandpit from Sam O’Hare on Vimeo.

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