If I have ever doubted that we live in a super-messed up world, 2020 and 2021 have convinced me that we indeed do. Now TIME Magazine has published the top 100 photos of 2021 and I am now as pessimistic as I can possibly be.
The older I get, the less time I seem to have for photography. Ever since I finished college and moved out of my family home, “grown-up life” has taken over: work, everyday chores, relationships, other hobbies… Does it sound familiar? Do you also struggle to fit photography into your busy everyday schedule? If you do, Sean Tucker and Mo Barzegar have just the video for you. In it, they give you some tips for adding more photography to your everyday life, no matter how busy you are.
Young climate activist Greta Thunberg was named TIME Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. So, of course, this year’s issue of Person of the Year has her portrait on the cover. The photo was taken by Russian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva, who shared some details and recalled the experience of meeting and photographing Greta in Portugal.
We are all witnesses to the expansion of drones in our culture. The latest issue of TIME is a special report on this topic, and for this purpose, they have created quite an epic cover. 985 illuminated drones were hovering in the sky, forming TIME’s iconic logo and red border. The formation was also captured with a camera drone, and it’s the first TIME cover ever photographed this way.
This morning, when I looked at my YouTube subscription feed, I came across one from Kevin at The Basic Filmmaker titled How to punch time in the face! It seemed intriguing, so I had a watch. Later in the day, another video from photographers Denae and Andrew called I don’t have time for photography was suggested to me by YouTube.
Time is our single most valuable asset as a creative. It doesn’t matter whether we’re a filmmaker, photographer, writer, painter, sculptor, musician or any other kind of creative. We never seem to have enough time. Both of these videos address this issue, and they both do it in excellent, but different ways.
“Phoneography” seems to be gaining in popularity when it comes to magazine covers. After Billboard, Sports Illustrated and Elle, TIME Magazine also went down this road. But, they went a bit further than just issuing one cover shot with a smartphone. They hired a talented Brazilian photographer Luisa Dörr to shoot 46 portraits and 12 magazine covers with an iPhone, using nothing but natural light and a reflector. The portraits and covers are a part of TIME’s “Firsts” project, featuring 46 women who are changing the world.
Long exposure effects with video can create some very cool results. This particular video from cinematographer Dan Marker-Moore is a particularly good example of that. Dan’s known for his outstanding time slice work, and very cool time related video effects. And in this video project for Toyota, he does not disappoint.
It’s a very interesting long exposure type effect, that uses multiple frames of video to create a sort of time warp, amongst other things. Using nothing but standard After Effects with no 3rd party plugins, he creates a fantastic looking final result.
Expressing the passing of time using photography as a medium has fascinated me ever since I became interested in using a camera to make art. A single photograph is usually made in a fraction of a second and we have learned to perceive photographs this way.
If we make photographs with a long exposure and our composition includes movement, (of either our subject or our camera,) we are recording an image our eyes will never see naturally. The duration of time our shutter is open will typically result in a blurred photo.
Shortly after buying my first camera, a wonderful old Nikkormat FTN with a 50mm f1.4 lens, back in the early 1980’s, I enrolled in a photography night class at the local high school. During the first lesson the teacher showed us a TV documentary about the British painter David Hockney who had recently started making photographic ‘joiners’ as he called them. I was hooked! Hockney only made his joiners for a few years before putting down his camera and returning to painting. I have enjoyed exploring and developing this style of photography off and on over the past 30+ years.
Founded in 1923, TIME Magazine has presented the world with some of its most iconic photography for years. Sifting through all those images to find the 100 most influential of all time must’ve been no easy task. But, it is a task that TIME took on, to create a celebration of photography that changed the world.
You can see, even in the promotional video, many well known images. There are also some less famous works, but TIME say that “each one is unique for the way in which it changed, influenced, or commemorated a particular world event”. From the lone man standing in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square to Muhammed Ali towering over a defeated Sonny Liston, there’s a wide variety of topics.
Unless you’re shooting really really long exposures, a photograph captures just the tiniest slice of time. Timelapse can help to speed up time and show us great durations in just a few minutes.
For fine art photographer Stephen Wilkes, shooting hundreds of photographs over the course of up to 30 hours at a time perched in a cherry picker and compositing elements from different frames together in post over several months is how he created each of these day to night sequences that show a full day in a single image.