Over the last few decades, scientists have been sounding the alarm about the Great Barrier Reef, which has lost more than a quarter of its corals in the last three decades, due to bleaching brought on by climate change, storms and coral-munching starfish -- and quite possibly even sunscreen.
But while the statistics are sobering, they are nevertheless dry, and don't hold the same punch as if you saw visual evidence of how truly beautiful and fragile corals are, and how precarious their plight. To raise awareness about the dangers corals worldwide like those of the Great Barrier Reef are facing, Barcelona-based film production company myLapse chose to create this magnificent time-lapse video of corals in motion and close-up:
According to This Is Colossal, myLapse used over 25,000 images of various corals taken over the course of a year, stitching them together to show movement. The idea was to experiment with a new technique, while drawing attention to an urgent issue, says Antonio Rodríguez Canto of myLapse:
CORAL COLORS arises from the need to create a timelapse video, which is the technique I mastered, but it was new or rarely seen. There are hundreds of timelapse videos of clouds, cities, auroras and milky ways with excellent quality, each with a personal touch, but I convey a sense of déjà vu.
After searching for inspiration on the Internet, I found a couple of videos of corals, which caught me from the outset and had the feature being sought, using the technique of timelapse and were new or infrequent.
The ability to contribute my grain of sand so that people knew a little more about these animals and so they had a little more aware of the danger in which lies the Great Barrier Reef, was the final impetus to start the project.
On a side note, the soundtrack of the video was created by Cedric Baravaglio, Jonathan Ochmann and Zdravko Djordjevic.
Seeing beauty up close renders us less likely to dismiss it out of hand as yet another unfortunate statistic; it becomes part of our consciousness and tugs at the conscience. As it is with all life on this planet now facing a growing crisis (including humanity), it's probably fitting to quote conservationist David Attenborough: after all, "No one will protect what they don't care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced." More over at myLapse.