Annapurna Time-lapse by Aleks Kocev
Filmmaker and photographer Aleks Kocev's new short film is a breathtaking look at Nepal's Himalayas, "The Annapurna time-lapse short was created while trekking one hundred miles on foot through Western Nepal on the Annapurna Circuit..."
Filmmaker and photographer Aleks Kocev's new short film is a breathtaking look at Nepal's Himalayas, which was quickly picked up for a feature by Vimeo soon after its release. We reached out to Kocev who has photographed artists and landscapes around the globe to find out more about his process for this latest piece.
"The Annapurna time-lapse short was a piece created while trekking one hundred miles on foot through Western Nepal on the Annapurna Circuit over the course of two weeks. Each clip consists of roughly seven hundred photos that were taken and then blended together to show the natural passage of time in the Himalayan mountains.
Theres a lot of time-lapse out there; it’s particularly popular at the moment. Coming from a place of doing it in a professional capacity for commercial clients, I wanted to bring time-lapse to the art arena, creating something with a little more substance than the same recycled work. I make distinct choices in both color and cropping from an artistic standpoint and less from a commercial one. Time-lapse hasn’t really crossed that boundary and I’m hoping to change that. It's always used to document the creation of something, but is very rarely the centerpiece itself.
In both my photography and time-lapse, I like to operate on a philosophy of emotionally based work, meaning that I want to share with my audience the wonder and awe of the natural world. Creating a connection with nature that is inside of us all and so often lost in our everyday urban societies is so important, and even if I get one person to get out and see more than what is inside their natural bubble, it’s worth it." —Aleks Kocev