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Hypnotic layered photographs depict time like the dimension that it is

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Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei has created a series of composite images that portray the passage of time in beautifully imaginative fashion.

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Unlike a timelapse – or a composite image of, say, a moonrise – Qi Wei's images hinge primarily on the change in light that occurs in the 2–4 hours encompassing sunrise and sunset, when colors shift quickly and dramatically along the visible spectrum. He calls the series "Time is a Dimension." He explains on his website:

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Illustration for article titled Hypnotic layered photographs depict time like the dimension that it is

The basic structure of a landscape is present in every piece. But each panel or concentric layer shows a different slice of time, which is related to the adjacent panel/layer. The transition from daytime to night is gradual and noticeable in every piece, but would not be something you expect to see in a still image.

Similarly, our experience of a scene is more than a snapshot. We often remember a sequence of events rather than a still frame full of details. In this series, I strive to capture both details and also a sequence of time in a single 2-dimensional canvas. I hope it gives you pause and reconsider what you experience versus what you shoot with your next camera phone.

Illustration for article titled Hypnotic layered photographs depict time like the dimension that it is

Just stunning. The images call to mind the work of Falice Varini, whose large-scale anamorphic illusions depend almost entirely on the viewer's position – not in time, but in space.

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See many more examples of Fong Qi Wei's work on his website.

[Spotted on COLOSSAL]

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Reminds me of the Buck Rogers early 80's TV show opening. By the way, when is Hollywood going to reboot that franchise?