I love time lapse films. I especially love all the ones that represent life in San Francisco. Ken Murphy is a time-lapse filmmaker who lives in San Francisco, so needless to say, I am a big fan of his work. Ken's "A History of the Sky" project – a year long time-lapse exploration of the San Francisco sky from the roof of the old Exploratorium at The Palace of Fine Arts was circulating because of a posting on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. The film is a beautiful mosaic of changing colors and textures condensed into less than five minutes. Now the impressive piece has been projected all over the world.
Locally, you can watch "A History of the Sky," along with other time-lapse pieces by Ken, at the newly relocated Exploratorium, where he also created a 360-degree panoramic time-lapse of the areas outside of the museum, between Piers 15 and 17. His relationship with the science museum began at the Maker Faire in 2006 with his Blinky Bugs – electronic insects that react to movement with blinking LED eyes. Karen Wilkinson from the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio saw Ken's bugs and thought they would be an excellent fit for the museum.
Ken has lived in San Francisco for 14 years and continues to find inspiration in our beautiful city. "I'm inspired by the use of time-lapse as a tool for revealing patterns in the world that usually go unnoticed, because they unfold at a rate that is too slow for us to experience directly. There is something compelling about seeing something that's familiar, but where some hidden process is revealed." Compelling indeed.
Check out more of Ken's amazing work here.