Video Spotlight: Vincent Urban in South America

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 14 March 2013

It took me a few viewings of this short film to realize why it resonated with me so deeply. It doesn’t just capture the scenes I remember from my own travels in South America – the radio in the taxi, the vast open spaces, the children on the subway in Buenos Aires, the great salt flats, the cemeteries, the condors and the camelids. It also captures the way I recall them over time. Even though I spent almost a year there, the memories, when strung together, would probably have a runtime of about 5 minutes and 32 seconds. Maybe less and less.

Over time, travel memories become the kind of seconds-long fragments mastered by Vincent Urban, the videographer behind this clip. Each one is a slightly extended snapshot, detached from chronology and name. Urban and his crew (Clemens Krüger and Stefan Templer) use the same technique in their short films on Asia and New York, rendering their travels as cinematic versions of fading recollection.

Just as memories do, the film mixes monumental and mundane, landscapes and portraits, light and shadow, music and noise. I look forward to their next piece of pure travel nostalgia.

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Cynthia Ord

Cynthia Ord discovered the WHL Group while interning with the local partner Outdoor Albania for a summer. She is currently based in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, helping out with The Travel Word newsletter, and planning her next trip. On the side, she writes about the impacts of tourism for her blog, tourism, people and the earth.
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