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My City Moves Me: an amazing SkyTrain video by Kristopher Grunert

“My City Moves Me” KG. from KRISTOPHER GRUNERT on Vimeo.

Here’s an amazing SkyTrain video by Kristopher Grunert, a Vancouver photographer who uses lines, atmosphere, movement and light to create architectural/industrial and landscape photographs.

Kris used 712 images of SkyTrain and its stations to construct the time-lapse video, which is called “My City Moves Me.” It won first place in the Moving Image category of the International Photography Awards, a significant industry honour!

Kris sent along this quote to describe why he made My City Moves Me:

The project actually started as a small series of stills (6 images). When producing personal photographs I almost always create a series of images that make up a sort of cinematic sequence. I think of it as a narrative that simply documents a personal journey from point A to point B. This particular journey happens to be from the VCC-Clark skytrain station to Commercial Drive. I have been fascinated with Vancouver’s Skytrain system since first experiencing it when I was 7 years old during Expo ’86. After taking the first 6 images, I decided to return and thIs time take a lot more photographs than usual. Ever since first watching Baraka (a beautiful non-narrative film by Ron Fricke) year ago, I have always loved how time-lapse is able to give the viewer a pulled back perspective on the world. I feel this technique has the ability capture the breath of the architecture and infrastructure around us, which is very exciting for me as an image maker. Brandon Edwards at Tidal Audio then took the project to another level by adding the perfect soundtrack; giving it the emotional element it needed.

For more, check out more of Kristopher Grunert’s personal work at his website. Or to inquire about his large-scale limited edition prints, contact Cecilia Denegri-Jette at Trunk Gallery.


  • By Shane, September 15, 2009 @ 7:51 am

    I didn’t want it to end – the music is indeed the perfect finishing touch.

    TransLink should commission Kristofer to create a video with the same look and sound but with the stations and trains from all three SkyTrain lines.

  • By Jason Vanderhill, September 15, 2009 @ 6:04 pm


    Reminds me a bit of the speed of Vancouverite Guy Roland’s 2004 short film Spacer, featuring 3000+ still images photographed throughout Vancouver with a DSLR (with many scenes following Skytrain tracks and bridges).

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  • By Geoff Trimpol, September 17, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

    This is a glimpse of what everyone who visits loves about Vancouver. Fresh, bright and different than anyplace else. Well Done! -G

  • By David Suggitt, September 18, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    I simply love this kind of imagery and spend all my time with it. Here is a express timelapse of the Millennium line… Don’t ask me how I convinced the train to bypass all the station stops :D

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 18, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

    Very cool! But come on, tell us why it didn’t it stop :) Was it on a special test or something?

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