A Haunting Time-Lapse Video of Seattle With No People

The 'Empty America' series reveals what cities would look like if all the humans disappeared. 

Ross Ching's Empty America series reveals what cities would look like if all the humans disappeared. After launching with a time-lapse portrait of San Francisco, the series goes on to tour Seattle. The footage is desaturated almost to grayscale for a particularly bleak, post-apocalyptic look. 

Ching, who directs the series for Thrash Lab, explains how he removes people and moving cars in this making-of video. Below, he describes the work that goes into choosing locations. In any given city, he has to cover 30 to 40 locations in just a couple days, he says. To save time, he scouts ahead with Google Street View to plan shots in advance.

For more work by Ross Ching, visit http://rossching.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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