One single image in Stephen Wilkes’ “Day to Night” series is composed of an average 1,500 frames captured by manual shutter clicks over a period of 16 to 30 hours — from dusk to dawn, and one vantage point.
He doesn’t sleep, aside from a brief meditation here and there, and there are no do-overs. He is at the complete mercy of the elements, riding out a thunderstorm in a crane full of electrical equipment, or hoping that an advancing weather front won’t obscure a sunset on what was an otherwise perfect day.
The photographer then spends weeks in postproduction, piecing the best frames together into a final composite of layered images — essentially, compressing time. For Wilkes, the excitement is in showing people something more than a photograph, but rather a multidimensional experience — a window, as he describes it, into a world where the full spectrum of time, light and experience plays across the frame.
“We’re treated to a view we’ve never seen before — one our eyes could never take in on their own,” according to a press release from Tulla Booth Gallery, which will show a selection of his work in “Meet the Artist,” opening with a reception on Friday, August 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The show will remain on view through September 27 at the Sag Harbor gallery, located at 66 Main Street. For more information, call (631) 725-3100 or visit tullaboothgallery.com.
For more information, call (631) 725-3100 or visit tullaboothgallery.com.