If you’re dreaming of a trip to Paris but can’t quite make it there now, this video should tide you over. Filmmaker Tyler Fairbank of Light Owl Productions visited the City of Light for two weeks last year and took his camera nearly everywhere with him throughout his stay. The resulting short film, “Bonjour Paris,” may be one of the most artfully made tourist videos of all time.
Shooting most of his video with a handheld camera, with only the occasional use of a tripod, Fairbank got up close to iconic sights like the Mona Lisa, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. Editing his footage together into an incredibly fast-paced hyperlapse, Fairbank packs a lot of beautiful footage into just two minutes. Though much of the video feels like a walking tour of the city—albeit one that moves at a sprint instead of a stroll—some of Fairbank’s shots are truly transcendent: Eerie images of the city’s subterranean catacombs and shots that linger on details of art and architecture, accompanied by a beautifully constructed soundscape, capture the personality of Paris in a way that few tourist videos manage.
Banner Image Credit: Tyler Fairbank, Vimeo