Hyperlapse Shows Thousands of Years of Color and Culture Still Present in Modern Iran
Stanislas Giroux gets it. All of his videos have a common thread of featuring fantastic soundtracks. This video, “Curves of Iran,” celebrates modern Iran’s rich visual textures and — you guessed it — curves. Fitted to great music, fun (but fitting) sound effects to every cut, and a great overall tempo, this video makes use of hyperlapse-like cuts, but spares your brain from the monotony of yet another time-lapse by letting the actual shots play in real time once you’ve “arrived” at your new destination. Truly imaginative. And at the Giroux’s request, I’ll remind you to listen with headphones.
The eye-popping colors of the world as seen, captured, and shared by Giroux is truly incredible and undeniably completely contradicts the grey-brown Iran that is pushed forward through the media every day in the U.S. Say what you want about Iran’s political and social issues (hey, I’m not in love with them either), but there’s obviously something completely lacking in the imagery of the Iran that is presented to us today. In fact, “Curves of Iran” depicts an Iran some of us might only be able to have thought of as a pre-1970s Iran, which always basks in its nostalgia-ridden glory.
Could these shots be a string of carefully selected vignettes that don’t tell the whole story? Certainly. And in many ways, how could they not be at least to a small extent. But one thing’s for sure, I want to go see Iran.