Saigon motorcycle traffic is, deservedly, some of the most famous (notorious?) in the world, and every visitor with a smartphone or a video-enabled DSLR camera at some point cannnot resist the impulse to capture it on film. We’ve therefore seen a whole lot of amateur video footage of Saigon traffic. And being motorbike-riding residents ourselves, we see it every day from street level.
But we’ve never, ever seen any video footage of local traffic as compelling as this short time lapse, posted 5 days ago to Vimeo by local expat photog Rob Whitworth. Clocking in at a little over two minutes, this amazing piece of work is hands-down the best piece of film on HCMC’s urban pulse we’ve yet run across. Saigon is not a city that’s often described as beautiful, but Rob manages to make it seem that way. Of the short film, he writes: “This time lapse is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the city’s relentless energy.”
Nicely done, Rob. We look forward to seeing more!