Nathan Doneen

Change … that's the key.

I sat amidst some ruins — adjacent to the Inca trail —looking out over Machu Picchu, and hoping for a change. The cool stones pressed against my back provided some relief from the hot sun as my shade continued to shrink. My camera stood on the wall above me, with a bird's-eye view. I was creating a time-lapse of the scenery and though the view was incredible, I didn't have high hopes for the time-lapse — there just wasn't enough change. The sun was too bright, the clouds moving too slowly. There was no change, the element that drives the time-lapse — if nothing in the frame changes, you're just staring at a picture …

It occurred to me that life is the same. Our memory isn't perfect, so all we're left with at the end of our life is just single frames … single frames aligned in a sequence, just like a time-lapse. Think of looking back over your life though. If the single frames are all the same, wouldn't you get bored with the video?

Change is what makes things interesting. Change is dynamic … Change is different … Change encourages growth … Change is adventurous … Change adds more interesting frames to our time-lapse.

This isn't to say we should – or have to – make drastic changes. The whole appeal of time-lapse is seeing subtle changes sped up, presented to us more obviously, more noticeable. So if you think you can't change, you're wrong. A gradual change today might look like an immense change 20 years from now.

It's all about your perspective and what you want your personal time-lapse to look like. So what kind of frames do you want to see in your time-lapse?

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