For six years, photographer Sean F. White traveled the planet photographing some of its remotest corners and faraway monuments. The result is the dazzling "Terra Sacra Times Lapses," a short film that quickly went viral online after its debut screening inside the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada two weeks ago.
The Djenne Mosque of Mali is a highlight of Sean F. White's "Terra Sacra Time Lapses."
"Terra Sacra," Latin for "Sacred Earth," splices together landscapes and ancient monuments from across the globe that were photographed between 2006 and 2012 on White's personal travels and assignments for Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge and Parallax Film Productions.
These travels took him from a frozen bay in Antarctica to Mali, and from Madagascar to Mongolia, among a dizzying list of other exotic locales.
"My life as a filmmaker has been a journey, which has blessed me with the privilege of seeing some of the most surreal and timeless places on the planet," White says on his website. "These images of our Sacred Earth set to music are my way of sharing some of the magic I've experienced along the way."
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As a member of a film crew, White enjoyed unprecedented access to places that ordinary travelers would be unable to explore.
The intrepid photographer shot most of the non-narrative, six-minute film using a Canon 5D at the maximum resolution using a TC-80N3 intervalometer. The resulting footage is split into three acts: "Primordial Earth," "Past Meets Present," and "Eternal Universe."
The climax comes at the five-minute mark when Roy Milner's score reaches its frenetic peak as shots of Mount Fuji fade into the Bent Pyramid of Egypt, the Chocolate Hills of the Philippines, and Angkor Wat of Cambodia. All share a strange likeness and drive home White's message of harmony.
The time-lapse pro says he hopes to turn "Terra Sacra" into a feature-length film in stereoscopic 3-D -- that is, if he can find investors.
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