Afternoon Obsession: Time-Lapse of Deserted Philadelphia [VIDEO]

Philly-based photographer makes a stunning time-lapse of a deserted Philadelphia

Screenshot of "The Day Wonderland Stood Still..."

Screenshot of The Day Wonderland Stood Still…

There’s nothing wrong with an existential crisis, especially when it comes from watching a stunning video like this one.

The Day Wonderland Stood Still… is both eerie and beautiful, as photographer Bruce Wayne Berry’s camera takes us on a tour of a Philadelphia devoid of human life. There are otherworldly shots of an empty Avenue of the Arts, of abandoned buildings and of the Comcast Center. The reddish tint we see coloring the trees and buildings is infrared light — a result of Berry’s use of a full-spectrum camera and a yellow filter. The thought-provoking nature of the video is highlighted by Berry’s choice of music: “To The Hills” by Ben Lukas Boysen.


The Philadelphia-based photographer came up with the idea after seeing filmmaker Ross Ching's "Empty America" series.

Video below.

The Day Wonderland Stood Still... from Bruce W. Berry Jr on Vimeo.

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  • Erica

    Are the still photos available for purchase?