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Time is a Dimension: Layered Images of Landscapes Over a 2-4 Hour Timespan

Wednesday 08.07.2013 , Posted by

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Much like Stephen Wilkes who captured NYC at day and night in a single image, photographer Fong Qi Wei brings us photos with more than 3 dimensions. Adding time to the mix, he layers strips from photos of the same location shot over a 2-4 hour timespan, usually at sunrise or sunset to gather an array of various lighting. The result is very unique and in the concentric circle layers it looks as though you are entering the cities through a worm hole of some sort. The series is appropriately titled Time is a Dimension.

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Fong Qi Wei explains:

Most paintings and photographs are an instance of time. That’s not the way the world works. We experience a sequence of time, and that’s why a video is somehow more compelling than a freeze frame. I work in the confines of a photographic print, because I like to do so. But in a way, I wanted to break out of this restriction of a single slice of time in photography…Similarly, our experience of a scene is more than a snapshot. We often remember a sequence of events rather than a still frame full of details. In this series, I strive to capture both details and also a sequence of time in a single 2 dimensional canvas. I hope it gives you pause and reconsider what you experience versus what you shoot with your next camera phone.

Based in Singapore, Fong Qi Wei has been working in photography for over ten years. He has also participated in the International Photography Awards. Check out more of his work on his website. You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

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  1. This is so cool. And i admit, I’m jealous I didn’t think of it first. :)

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