Have you ever wanted to live inside a video? And even though I’m not talking about that stack of videos at the top of your dad’s closet, it counts as an answer. But in this case, I’m talking about the one seen above.
Photographer Bruce W. Berry, whose website Bruce Wayne Photography doesn’t need any Batman references to be cool, compiled a slew of time-lapse videos taken from the International Space Station and offered to the public. Berry just happened to be the kind of guy who would take the time to spiff them up – he denoised, deflickered, slowed down, stabilized and color graded them – and converted them to 1080 HD for the human eyes’ pleasure.
Perhaps what makes the video so hypnotizing is the complete lack of a human element, even though I greatly enjoy the human aspect of The Cinematic Orchestra, the electronic jazz group who performed the video’s music.
If I saw these sights outside of my window every day for months on end, I would lose my grip on the fact that Earth is a planet that I came from and live on. The ISS isn’t so far away that some of humanity’s details can’t be seen, but it’s far enough out there that the rest of the universe is to be reckoned with, and that’s when the heebie jeebies go down my spine.
Thankfully, Berry gave a detailed list of the footage he used, which can be seen below.
Locations of Footage in the order they appear:
A Jump over the Terminator
From Turkey to Iran*
Hurricane Irene Hits the US
Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean Through the Cupola*
Central Great Plains at Night*
Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean*
Aurora Borealis from Central U.S.*
Up the East Coast of North America*
Myanmar to Malaysia*
Western Europe to Central India
Middle East to the South Pacific Ocean
Aurora Borealis over Europe*
City Lights over Middle East*
European City Lights*
Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S.*
Stars from the Pacific Ocean (1)
Stars from the Pacific Ocean (2)
Stars from the Pacific Ocean (3)
Stars and the Milky Way over the Atlantic*
The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (1)
The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (2)