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Video of the Week: Rethinking Time-Lapse with Dazzling Compilations of Day and Night

By // March 7, 2014 // Posted in Video, Video of the Week

We’re all familiar with the typical time-lapse photography; dawn magically whips through the morning, afternoon and night, fading into dusk as all the while people scuttle by and clouds zoom overhead. But what if you could see a location’s times of day all at once?

If this sounds confusing (which it may, considering this type of work is definitely not mainstream), check out the video below.

Dutch filmmaker Frank Gehde is the mastermind behind this compilation of locales, all seen in layers of dawn through dusk. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, the panels and circles of various hours loop and swirl around the frame, carrying with them the different people and happenings that occurred at that time.

“Time Reloaded” was inspired by the popular work of artist Fong Qi Wei called “Time is a Dimension” in which he presents layers of time-lapse photography in GIFs. Wei discusses his reinterpretation of photography from a scientific perspective, explaining that though a photo captures one pinpoint moment, time is actually a continual dimension that should be accurately expressed beyond just the length and width of a frame.

“The basic structure of a landscape is present in every piece,” Wei explains in the artist statement of his project. “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.”

Gehde took a similar approach in his video, though there’s something a little more hypnotizing about seeing the layers and panels move around the frame. Check it out and see if you recognize any of the locations he included.

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Libby Peterson is the associate editor of Rangefinder. She graduated from Indiana University’s School of Journalism last year and moved to New York, starting off as the magazine's editorial intern. Having had a full-immersion French education growing up in her native Minneapolis, she especially enjoys writing about culture, design, and the arts.

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