Stephen Wilkes Headlines ‘Meet the Artist’ at Tulla Booth Gallery

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Stephen Wilkes portrait and image from Seronera National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania.

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.

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