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.
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.
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]
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