What If We Photographed Time Instead Of Space

When we talk about photographs we usually talk about how we Freeze Time or Capture The Moment. Still photography has become almost synonymous with describing an image that happens in a single moment in time.

What If We Photographed Time Instead Of Space

So the photos we know capture space as we see it in a single moment in time. What if that was reversed, what if we chose to photograph a single location in space over a period of time?

Photography and visual effects designer Jay Mark Johnson did just that. Jay used a $85,000 rotating slit-scan camera that takes high-resolution panoramas. It does so by rotating a slit that exposed a line on the film while rotating. In its normal operations, as the camera rotates, it exposes a entire scene onto the entire film.

Jay stopped the rotation of the camera, while keeping the movement of the film, creating a device that records a single line in space over a period of time. The moments are gathered as lines on the film.

What If We Photographed Time Instead Of Space

What If We Photographed Time Instead Of Space

What If We Photographed Time Instead Of Space

What If We Photographed Time Instead Of Space

While getting your hands on such a camera may not be a trivial task you can experiment with a similar concept by shooting a rotating video and having software process the movie so it takes one line from each frame of video, or you can try and hack a Lomography Spinner.

This art is similar to a Spatial/Temporal shift experiment by Doc Brown we shared back in 2011.

[Jay Mark Johnson via Slate.com]