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Time is a Dimension: Artist Captures Passage of Time Through Layered Photography

Time is always present, yet it’s impossible to actually see. Time is a hidden dimension that photographer Fong Qi Wei looks to creatively capture in a single 4D-image by stacking layers of photo strips taken from the same location over a 2 to 4 hour timespan. The effect itself will make you feel like you’re about to enter another dimension too or some kind of wormhole.

Chinatown Sunset, 2013

Chinatown Sunset, 2013
 
Qi often sets these timelapses up during sunrise or sunset to achieve the maximum amount of light variation.

Fong Qi Wei, based out of Singapore, explains:

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. 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.

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.

Each photograph from the Time is a Dimension series is amazingly unique and beautiful, where it makes you feel like your looking at these landscapes or skylines through a subtle yet colorful kaleidoscope or prism!

Tiong Bahru Sunset, 2013

Tiong Bahru Sunset, 2013
 

Changi Beach Sunset

Changi Beach Sunset
 

HDB Sunset, 2013

HDB Sunset, 2013
 

Changi Beach Sunrise, 2013

Changi Beach Sunrise 02, 2013
 

Fullerton Bay Hotel Sunset, 2013

Fullerton Bay Hotel Sunset, 2013
 

Heartlands Sunset, 2013

Heartlands Sunset, 2013
 

National Day Preview, 2013

National Day Preview 2013
 

Marina Sunset, 2013

Marina Sunset, 2013
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Michael Northrop
Time is nothing but a persistent illusion. I think Einstein said that. Who am I to argue. These images capture that illusion.
Mohamed Shahriar Ibn Consul
Very beautiful image in the ultimate extravaganza.
LuckyBoy Calvin
I think he is finding a equipment anomaly Sorry :(
Mary Brannon
I don't' get that these are photographs layered..
 
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