This is a companion piece to my Fall time-lapse from a few years ago. I wanted it to be the polar opposite of the first one. Not just the Fall vs Spring. But wide shots vs close ups, everything in focus vs shallow depth of field, very cuty vs one shot, contemporary music vs classical, static camera vs moving camera.
I shot on a Canon 5D MK2 with a 24mm prime lens. To achieve the continuous motion I used the Dynamic Perception Stage One Slider.
All in all this took 3 years to shoot. I shot over 8TB of 5k footage. It's finished in 4k.
Direction, Cinematography, Edit & Grade : Aeyaz
Sound Design : Rahul Prabhakaran
Music : Ryan Taubert (Anamog
We wish it was never light)
Narration : Alan Watts
Varanasi, The spiritual capital of India - a place where people come from all over the country to breathe their last, and immerse the ashes in the holy Ganges for the beginning of a new life. A visit to Varanasi has always been in my bucket list, and being able to film there was like an icing on the cake.
Honestly, words fail to describe what I have seen while on this epic trip with Photowalk Dubai. No wonder Varanasi is called the "City of Life". Simply love this place. And this is my attempt to give you a sense of what it was like to experience the amazing "Varanasi" and the mysterious vicious cycle of life and death...
"Varanasi - Beyond Life" - A personal project shot, edited and directed by me. Have put my heart and soul into it.
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There really isn’t anything radically wrong with being sick or with dying. We can’t say that it’s a good thing for everything to go on living. In a very simple demonstration that if we enable everybody to go on living, we overcrowd ourselves. So therefore, one person who dies in a way is honourable because he’s making room for others…
It’s a far more amusing arrangement for nature to continue the process of life through different individuals then it is always with the same individual, because as each new individual approaches life is renewed. And one remembers how fascinating the most ordinary everyday things are to a child, because they see them all as marvellous.
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