Photographer to use a 1000-year long exposure for 3018 photo exhibition

Oct 29, 2018

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer to use a 1000-year long exposure for 3018 photo exhibition

Oct 29, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Have you ever wondered what the world will look like in 1000 years? Conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats has decided to capture it on camera. He has created a public art project that will capture the environmental change in the Lake Tahoe Basin over the course of one millennium. And for this, he is using a photographic approach based on the traditional pinhole camera.

In the copper camera, a tiny pinhole is pierced through a plate of 24-karat gold. It focuses light onto a rose-colored pigment, creating a positive image over time. The unique camera is named Millennium Camera, and four of them will take a thousand-year-long exposure between 2018 and 3018. The resulting image will show the view in front of the camera and record how it develops over time. They will reveal the urban development in the area, as well as climate change.

Millennium Camera (2 1/4 inches diameter x 2 3/4″ inches long, copper) designed by Jonathon Keats
Millennium Camera (2 1/4 inches diameter x 2 3/4″ inches long, copper) designed by Jonathon Keats
Millennium Camera (2 1/4 inches diameter x 2 3/4″ inches long, copper) designed by Jonathon Keats

The idea for the Millennium Camera was born a few years ago. And now, four of them will be installed around four shores of Lake Tahoe. Along with Mia Hanak of Tahoe Public Art, Keats identified the vantage points and Millennium Camera locations. Landscape photographer Ryland West helped to explore each site. He took landscape photos and digital pinhole photos focused on the actual vantage point from the Millennium Cameras. This way, he helped the artist imagine the photographic composition that will be recorded by each camera between 2018 and 3018. These are the locations of the cameras:

  • South Shore: Heavenly Mountain Resort, South Lake Tahoe, NV / CA
  • West Shore: Eagle Rock, Homewood, CA
  • North Shore: Lake Tahoe Dam, Tahoe City, CA
  • East Shore: Sand Harbor, NV
Digital Pinhole Photograph of the Lake Tahoe Dam | Site Photography by Ryland West
Digital Pinhole Photograph of Sand Harbor | Site Photography by Ryland West
Digital Pinhole Photograph from Eagle Rock | Site Photography by Ryland West

Steve Miller, the chairman of Tahoe Public Art, said that they “hope this encourages tourists and residents alike to contemplate the future of the basin and how they can become active in its preservation.” Sierra Nevada College’s Tahoe Gallery is holding an exhibition about deep time photography, which is running through 16 November 2018.

Sadly, none of us reading this will be alive when the photos are retrieved from the cameras. I wonder what they will show and if it will be something more than a blurry mess after such a long exposure. But even though I won’t get to see the resulting images, this project still makes me wonder about so many things. Will the world as we know it still exists? Will the humans still exist? This project makes you think about the future – and in my opinion, that may be the whole point.

[via DPReview]

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5 responses to “Photographer to use a 1000-year long exposure for 3018 photo exhibition”

  1. GottaSay Avatar
    GottaSay

    How is it not just going to give a big blob of white. Is it taking snaps or just averaging over a 1000 years.

  2. g_disqus Avatar
    g_disqus

    The hole will be closed by mud very quickly.

  3. Fernando Adrian Avatar
    Fernando Adrian

    this is not literal, right?

  4. András Kühn Avatar
    András Kühn

    Okay this is probably doable with constant maintenance and some brutal planning with camera placement, but I doubt that the camera would survive the humans need to screw with people’s stuff and plans.