Day to Night Photography by Stephen Wilkes

Photographer Stephen Wilkes has become well-known for his project titled “Day to Night” which features single images of various locations that capture the passing of a day.

Stephen Wilkes photograph from locations and views that are part of his collective memory. Working from a fixed camera angle, he capture the fleeting moments of humanity and light as time passes.

Wilkes shoots his photos using a 4×5 large-format camera from 40-50 feet above the ground in a Condor bucket truck. He spends 15-30 hours up in the air without any bathroom breaks, shooting around 1500 individual photographs throughout that time. His eyes constantly scan the area, looking for the changing light, for best moments and for interesting characters who enter the scene.

Using time as guide, all of these moments are then seamlessly blended into a single photograph after spending a enormous  4 months post-processing them and visualizing his conscious journey with time.

(Source: Stephen Wilkes / TED Talk)

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