Day to Night: One Image Captures a Day in New York

What would it be like to see into the past and future at the same time… at least for one day? If we could see into the day and night with one glance what would it reveal? These incredible captures of New York city answer those questions, allowing us to look into the 4th dimension and giving us an eye into nearly an entire day from one angle. The metropolitan city, its parks, architecture and street life are displayed in one frame, fading from one side to the other.

Photographer Stephen Wilkes captured the images from a fixed position, capturing images over up to a 15 hour period and later stitching them together into the seamless whole that you see here. The series, appropriately called Day to Night, tells the story of a city which bustles around the clock: people remain in the images both bright and dark. What does change are the activities presented: Coney Island transforms from a suntanning mecca to a brightly lit carnival, while hot dog venders close up shop and movie billboards light up around Times Square.

“Day to Night embodies a combination of my favorite things to photograph; people on the street melded with epic cityscapes, and the fleeting moments throughout the day and night,” says Wilkes of the project.

You can see more of his fine art photography, editorial and advertising work at

Above: The Flatiron, NYC. Below: Coney Island

The Highline, NYC

Central Park, NYC

Park Avenue, NYC

Times Square, NYC

Washington Square Park, NYC

Gramercy Park, NYC

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park


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  1. Nandhini Sathyamurthy

    Thank you for sharing on Stephen Wilkes’ Day to Night photography! I’d seen the photos and wondered which place each of them was. The tagline in your article above each blend photo helped. Thanks again!

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