Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Part of what makes photography inherently unique is its ability to take a moment out of time, freezing it in posterity. We get to examine these moments for the brief window they open to that fraction of a second and capture that history forever. But some photographs are able to transcend that shackle of the discipline, showing the passage of time in a single frame. For Stephen Wilkes that is not just a possibility, it’s become his own personal challenge.
Since 2009, Stephen has been traveling the world and capturing an incredible amount of time in his “Day to Night” series that distills the entire passage between those two points into a single image. After choosing a location, Stephen captures 1500 images over the course of 24 hours and then blends them all together to create images that are expansive and evocative, bringing the whole day into one composition. The implication goes beyond a single day offering a look at how life moves in the environments that Stephen chooses, as a living place, even if that life is just light from the sun.
CBS Sunday Morning caught up with Stephen a few years ago when the series was focused mostly around sites in New York City. They followed him when he shot his image of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. That 15-hour day resulted in 1400 images that he edited together in a process he showed Martha Tichenor. This conversation, and the resulting piece, is a unique view at how an artist works.
More recently, on a trip to Botswana, Stephen took time out of a lengthy safari to capture a full day at a watering hole in the Serengeti. Each species of animals comes to water at their own time so as to stay safe in their own numbers, so only Stephen's technique shows just how much life a single water source brings in the heat a dryness of the African desert.
Stephen’s ongoing series will be on view at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery starting November 5 through January 9 of next year, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 5.