Shanghai Then & Now

Excuse my ignorance, but when I glanced at this before and after photo of Shanghai, I thought it was 1900 and 2010. No! It’s 1990 and 2010! What a difference twenty years makes. I find it astonishing how a landscape can change so much when you see the similar skylines of New York and London change with (relatively) no difference over five years, or even ten years – bar 9/11 changing lower Manhattan. I travelled to Hong Kong in 2007 and was astonished at the land reclamation they had achieved in a few decades. The world is changing far more quickly than many of us realise. Maps are being redrawn and entire cities/countries are changing. What an amazing feat of engineering! Hopefully natural will not admonish to this achievement in physical versus natural beauty.

The Third & The Seventh

This video is nothing short of astonishing and I should’ve posted it ages ago. It was made by a very talented chap called Alex Roman.

Apart from how beautifully put together the film is and how soothing the music is (a revision of a track from Michael Nyman’s soundtrack to Gattaca), the true triumph here is the technical genius behind it, as for EVERYTHING you see is computer generated. I have never up until now seen such photo-realistic and natural CG/Animation before.

Click here and be sure to watch in HD if you can.

Credit: Alex Roman

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