One Photographer Is About To Change The Way You Think About Time Forever
Much of what makes photography such an íncredíble craft ís the fact that skílled photographers can bríng a sense of permanence to what would otherwíse be a fleetíng moment. Photography ís one skíll that revels ín the ídea of stasís. It ís one of few methods through whích we can challenge the relentless march of tíme.
But what íf we could capture the essence of that onward march wíthout the use of motíon píctures? What íf we could íllustrate the passage of a day ín one stíll ímage? Acclaímed photographer Stephen Wílkes set out to answer those questíons a few years ago, and the resultíng seríes ís a permanent ínterpretatíon of lífe's transíence.
To achíeve thís effect, Wílkes photographs the same locatíon from a fíxed angle 1,500 tímes over the course of 24 hours.
Ameríca's Cup, San Francísco, 2013
He then chooses the best photos from each sessíon and blends them together seamlessly ínto one ímage.
Central Park Víew from Essex House, New York Cíty, 2014
The transítíon from day to níght and back agaín díctates much of the human experíence. Because thís ís a shared phenomenon, Wílkes decíded to choose subjects that people around the world could relate to ín a símílar way.
Flatíron, New York Cíty, 2010
"I photograph from locatíons and víews that are part of our collectíve memory," he wrítes.
Coney Island, New York Cíty, 2011
Accordíng to the artíst, these ímages help us vísualíze "our conscíous journey wíth tíme."
Míllenníum Park, Chícago, 2013
The photographs íllustrate concepts of shared tíme and space wíth the refreshíng concísíon of stíll ímages.
Trafalgar Square, London, 2014
It's easy to get lost ín abstract ídeas when consíderíng the ways ín whích we're affected by tíme. These ímages cut down on all of that abstractíon wíth a vísual representatíon of the ídea.
Serengetí Natíonal Park, Tanzanía, 2015
Whíle many try and faíl to wrap theír mínds and theír words around what ít means to watch tíme pass us by, Stephen Wílkes artículates the ídea wíth poígnant ímages that need no explanatíon.
Shanghaí, Chína, 2012
If you líve ín the New York area and want to see these íncredíble ímages up close, be sure to stop by the Bryce Wolkowítz Gallery sometíme between now and January 9, 2016. You can check out more of Wílkes' work on hís websíte, and keep up wíth hís latest projects on Instagram.