Timespace: Hidden Lake Reflection

This film is the result of stitching together eleven perfectly matched timelapse sequences captured over eight consecutive days in late October and early November of 2021.
These eleven captures resulted in 17,583 photos. About 15,000 of the photos made the final cut into this finished film.
In this version, the piece is set to the music of Claude Debussy, his Cello Sonata. Here specifically are Cello Sonata - I. Prologue - lent and Cello Sonata - III. Finale - Anime as performed by Paul Pitman and Bang-Eun Lee.

  • Benjamin Eric Erlandson
  • Benjamin Eric Erlandson
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Nature, Timelapse
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Photography Timelapse
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Director Biography - Benjamin Eric Erlandson

Benjamin Erlandson, Ph.D. is a photographer and multimedia creator, shooting for more than thirty years and creating motion-based works for nearly as long, first experiencing stop-motion animation at a summer camp during middle school. Ben has degrees from UNC-Asheville, Emerson College, and Arizona State University.
His latest collaborative stop motion animated short film Monster News Feed has been featured and awarded in several film festivals, including Best Experimental Film at Frostbite International Indie Fest. Ben’s nature photography has been featured in solo and juried shows and published in journals such as Burningword Literary, The Esthetic Apostle, and Camas. In 2020, one of his photos was selected as the inaugural Conservation Award winner by the Appalachian Mountain Club.
A relatively new exploration and practice, his environmental modeling and portraiture photography has been consistently published and exhibited internationally since October 2020.
Having lived and worked in Asheville, Boston, Tempe, Monterey Bay, Berkeley, and Washington, DC, Ben currently resides in the quiet mountains of Glade Valley, North Carolina. Whenever the opportunity arises, he travels the world, always taking as many cameras as he can fit into his bag.

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Director Statement

My intent with the Postropolis project is to combine my love, understanding, and appreciation of the complex ecological systems of our natural and built environments with my love for spending periods of varied duration alone in the wilderness, maintaining fitness and wellness through ample movement and meditation. The contents of the Postropolis: Watersheds (P:W) project include still photography of landscapes as well as natural light macro “portraiture” of waterfalls, lakes, rivers, creeks, and any species found to be interacting with these water sources, starting in the Upper New River Watershed, which encompasses parts of North Carolina and Virginia. Perhaps the most important aspect of the P:W project is its investigation of the relationship between watersheds and topography, which are true boundaries beyond human instantiation, versus state lines (eg. North Carolina and Virginia) which are human-derived boundaries based on our own system of property rights. Historically, people have congregated around water and as we witness the decline of abundant fossil fuel energy, I believe we as a species will be forced to do so again—perhaps this time around with even more respect for those non-human species with which we must share these water sources.
By using various media modalities to explore the juxtaposition of space, time, and light from both internal and external perspectives of human (and non-human) relationships with water and watersheds, P:W can create the opportunity for awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the complexities of the world in which we live, including a sense of place.