Hong Kong is home: Breathtaking timelapse video shows all sides of city

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 6:13pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 May, 2013, 10:48am

When Javin Lau first arrived in Hong Kong, he said he felt like he had walked onto a movie set.

And now the Political Studies graduate from Toronto, Canada, has taken his vision of Hong Kong and produced a breathtaking timelapse video of the city.

Titled Hong Kong Is Home and featuring views of the harbour, Kowloon, Central and the New Territories, the video shows both the hectic pace of life in Hong Kong as well as the more tranquil areas.

Hong Kong is Home. from Javin Lau on Vimeo.

On his Vimeo page, Javin writes: "It (Hong Kong) was a place that I had only seen on TV as a kid, with its strange red taxis, odd stop lights and driving on the other side of the road.

"My intent with this project was to illustrate the grandeur of Hong Kong that most people would never get to see."

He says that for "an unbelievably dense city, where much of the world can be accessed at your fingertips", it also "has the ability to isolate you from the eight million people around you".

He told SCMP.com: "The project was shot in two weeks with a few snippets from a previous trip. The processing and rendering took well over 100 hours."

Javin said although his studies focused on political economy and international development, he enjoys architecture and cityscape photography, having recently taken an interest to timelapse photography.