There are just certain things that are hard to capture in still photography, and one of them is time. Sure, time lapse photography exists, but the result is usually ambiguous if the photos don’t have a corresponding caption or explanation of the back story. This is where photographer Fong Qi Wei’s work comes into play.
In his series called Time Is a Dimension, the Singapore-based artist experiments with shooting landscapes within a 2-4 hour period. After, he slices the images digitally, then combining them to create a bunch of layers that reveal large distances between timeframes. Often, his shots take place at either sunrise or sunset so there will be a wider variety of light settings.
In his website, he described his process. “The basic structure of a landscape is present in every piece. But each panel or concentric layer shows a different slice of time, which is related to the adjacent panel/layer,” he explained. “The transition from daytime to night is gradual and noticeable in every piece, but would not be something you expect to see in a still image.”
Take a look at his quirky yet cool images, called his “time paintings,” some of which have prints for sale:
To know more about the unusual series, you can visit his website. There are even GIFs downloadable in the separate “Time in Motion” subpage. Thanks for reading!