Photographing the Passage of Time

Photographing the Passage of Time
October 22, 2012

With his spacetime artworks, Jay Mark Johnson explores the possibilities for timeline photography. The technique to make these photos is called ‘Strip photography’, a photographic technique of capturing a 2-dimensional image as a sequence of 1-dimensional images over time, rather than a single 2-dimensional at one point in time (the full field). As one moves across (in the direction of scanning), one moves in time, rather than, or in addition to, moving in space. The image can be loosely interpreted as a collection of thin vertical or horizontal strips patched together, hence the name.

The photo finish cameras in sporting race typically use strip photography.

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