A Haunting Time-Lapse Video of Seattle With No People

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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/.

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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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