Stephen Wilkes Folds Time for the Cover of Travel + Leisure
Historically, photography has been a medium for capturing a single moment of time – typically a fraction of a second, as ephemeral as time itself. Any more than that and we look to moving images, film, video, cinemegraphs. Those were the rules until Steven Wilkes took the tradition of time-lapse imagery and compiled that magic into a single composition. His ‘Day to Night’ series, soon to be a monograph with Taschen in 2018, brings hours and hours (up to 30) of time, and thousands of photographs, into single images. From one edge of the frame to the other we see an entire day turn into night (or vice versa), condensing a full day of experiences into a single viewing experience. It’s a remarkable feat, remarkable enough that Travel + Leisure chose Stephen’s work for the cover of their Photography Issue.
The cover features Stephen’s photograph of Campanile of San Marco in Venice, showing how this square changes over the course of the day while crowds ebb and flow, pigeons feed and flee, restaurants fill and empty, pictures are posed and selfies are snuck in.
Inside the magazine they feature Stephen’s photograph of the river Thames that he photographed on top of the Savoy Hotel, finding the London eye at night while a man sleeps riverside in the morning.
It’s a fantastic, if quick glimpse at Stephen’s work and a reminder that his work is on view at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York through November 11.
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