High Rise

High Rise is a city made of animated GIFs.

Visit High Rise here.
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Growing up in New York City, I have always been in awe of the skyscraper. We are in a new boom era for the super-tall buildings, especially in regions new to city-making. High Rise is an endless digital city made from actual photographs I have acquired traveling cities on four continents.

High Rise is an endless city; it never stops trying to get taller and taller.

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High Rise is GIFtastic!
 
Scroll right (and down) to see the full extent of High Rise.
 
Using your Browser's zoom you can see High Rise at different scales. ("Cmd -" and "Cmd +" or "Ctrl -" and "Ctrl +" work as shortcuts on most browsers)
 
How it's made: I take a high-resolution photo of a tall building (Left, made with a Canon 5D Mark II at full resolution). The building is "straightened" in Photoshop (Right).
 
After the building is straightened, I mark off each floor at the same location (see horizontal guides drawn above). Each slice then becomes one frame in a GIF animation.
 
Isolating each building storey in a quick-moving animation gives the appearance of the building stretching taller and taller.
 
Repeating the GIF vertically creates the illusion of a tall building growing taller in the final High Rise composition.