Madrid time- & hyperlapse

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Screen shot from video of Madrid (Kuriositas)

I’ve never been to Madrid, personally or, really, photographically, until this evening. The video on Kuriositas, “Madrid Timelapse & Hyperlapse,” by Kirill Neiezhmakov, brings the beauties of the capital city of Spain before our eyes, most delightfully, though Neiezhmakov could have chosen music better than the juiced up elevator music he has chosen – still, the focus here is visual. I don’t know the difference between timelapse and hyperlapse, but assuredly the latter is associated with zooming in and out. Madrid has also goofed up a few districts with bad modern architecture, but hey, we live in the modern era – what city has not? Fortunately, it appears that one can generally keep away from such places in Madrid, which remains a beautiful city – under assault, to be sure, as are all beautiful cities – but still primarily characterized by its loveliness. I am charmed by the Kuriositas introduction, which is here:

Truth be told I have always felt sorry for Madrid – what with Valencia and Barcelona also in Spain it is almost like being a woman with two younger, more beautiful sisters always around to remind you… My own personal opinion aside, we have featured a number of hyperlapse and timelapse videos by Kirill Neiezhmakov on Kuriositas in the past – and for one very good reason: his work is always superlative. So, older sister Madrid, step out of the shadows in to the light!

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to Madrid time- & hyperlapse

  1. Glenn Turner says:

    This vid misses the best thing in Madrid- El Prado. Madrid is indeed a real dog compared to other Spanish cities like Sevilla, Granada and of course Barcelona.


  2. Steven Semes says:

    No question Madrid is a great city. I wish Rome were as clean and evidently well-managed as the Spanish capital. Whatever they’re doing, we can all learn from them. Great architecture and urbanism (except for the modernist towers, of course). Fun video, but maybe some better music would help.


    • Would love to visit Madrid. Also Porto (not to mention Barcelona and Valencia), which received a similar treatment from Neiezhmakov, but even worse music and much more of the effects that are too fast and limit one’s ability to appreciate the beauty that ought to be the main subject of the video. Some artists try to be too artsy and even up overshadowing their subject, which is the real art here, and deserves a slower, more deliberate treatment.


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