Filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović’s time-lapse video “Wavelight,” casts Arizona’s mesmerizing sandstone formations, The Wave, in a unique light.
The mesmerizing lines of canyons seem to flow like fast-flowing rivers when combined with the rapid change of background scenery. The stationary rock formations are infused with life.
Clouds melt in the sky, and valley pools dance wildly to the tune of the wind. The brilliant orb of the moon boldly announces the fall of day into night before diving behind the smooth ridges. The Milky Way flows after it.
In the rosy, predawn light, the striped ridges look more like candycanes than the racing rivers of midday. Ledges still shadowed in the cold dark of night shimmer an otherworldly silver.
Night again, the rock formations look like pudgy, petrified trolls sitting around a campfire, aglow. A mystically purple tinge entices the imagination. A hint of purple appears in many frames if you keep an eye out.
The film is multi-layered, with great depth of dimension. At one moment, the little, flitting clouds high in the sky draw your attention. At another moment, the eye follows the lights on the horizon, or beacon-like flares in the mountains, or the rock lines that zoom from the foreground into the background.
Some scenes morph Earth into an alien world full of alien wonders.
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