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Video Shows Beautiful Time-Lapses Of Downtown Sights

By Kelly Bauer | March 9, 2017 5:17am | Updated on March 14, 2017 11:40am
 A view of the city from a new video
A view of the city from a new video
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DOWNTOWN — A new time-lapse video shows beautiful sights from around Downtown.

The video shows the glowing Ferris wheel at Navy Pier; boats going through the river; and the skyline light up as day turns to night. It was shot over the course of four days in September, said creator Christopher Edwards, who works with two partners doing photography and making videos at CEVimages.

Edwards came to Chicago 15 years ago, but he didn't have the "same mindset as far as photography," then, he said.

He decided to return this fall.

“It was really just to go there to visit and photograph the city, capture the beauty,” Edwards said.

Edwards' goal was to capture energy, movement and diversity in the city, he said. Shooting the video as a time-lapse instead of showing static images will also show that people photography can include moving images, he said, which are better at conveying "a thought or an idea."

“The fact that Chicago has so many different venues — it's got a nice shore, nice beaches, great Navy Pier a great historical Downtown area — it’s really bustling with energy,” Edwards said.

Edwards enjoyed seeing the Riverwalk and the buildings that have been put up since his first visit, he said.

"Especially with what's been going on in the news, and how people probably perceive Chicago ... there is a lot that's going on that's positive," said Edwards, a native New Yorker. "It's a beautiful city. There's a lot to do, a lot to see. There's lots of culture, great cuisine, great restaurants.

"I want people to walk away [thinking], 'Oh, wow, I didn't know Chicago had that much going on. I'd really love to go and visit.' ... I've really fallen in love with the place."