The beauty of the photographic process lies in its ability to capture and reproduce a single moment of time. But in a world animated by an endless stock of digital film, GIFs, and Vines, a solitary snapshot of daily life can feel a little mundane.
As photographer Fong Qi Wei puts it, "Most paintings and photographs are an instance of time. That’s not the way the world works."
In his latest series, "Time is a Dimension," Wei shows the world as we experience it: full of motion and constantly changing. By combining the benefits of time-lapsed photography and digital post-processing, Wei captures images of a city's buildings and skylines over a span of time and then stitches them together into a composite sequence.
In each photograph, time seems to pass along a refracted prism, as concentric panels show brief slices of time over a 24-hour period. Moving from a photograph's edge to its center, colors slowly transition with each fragmented snapshot of the city. The tracking of the sun from morning until night falls along each building's façade, yielding a soft yet noticeable timeline as though watching a video. As the bright lights of the city slowly flicker on and entrancing geometries fill the sky, it's easy to forget that static process of photography.
Prints of Fong Qi Wei's photography can be found at www.luxarchive.com