These Videos of Paris in Motion are Mesmerizing

Erin McCarthy
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In 2012, web developer and photographer Mayeul Akpovi launched Paris in Motion, a series of stop-motion hyperlapse videos that take the viewer on a beautiful tour of the city's famous sights, from the Eiffel Tower to L'Arc de Triomphe. Watch his latest video—the fourth—below:

Paris in Motion (Part 4) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

According to Akpovi's website, "Paris in Motion is a series of stop-motion time-lapse (hyperlapse) videos about the city of Paris (France). Filmed frame by frame with manual camera movements, composed of more than 30,000 photographs, it allows you to visit some of the most beautiful monuments and human activities of the French capital in a few minutes."

To create the videos, Akpovi uses a Canon 5D Mark II camera with various lenses and filters, which he mounts on a tripod. He then walks as he shoots, taking the tripod with him. Later, he stablizes the images in Adobe After Effects and splices them together into hypnotic videos. (You can see a making of video here.)

Check out the rest of the videos in the Paris in Motion series below.

Part One:

Paris in Motion (Part 1) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

Part Two:

Paris in Motion (Part 2) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

Part Three:

Paris in Motion (Part 3) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.