ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Time’s Witness: How Stephen Wilkes Captures Extraordinary Images of the Flow of Life

Image © Stephen Wilkes

Editor’s Note: Stephen Wilkes is a current ASMP Professional Member.

Cross-posted from Nikon USA

The chances are good that however you think this picture was made, it wasn’t.

It’s not a unique image—Stephen Wilkes has made over four dozen in locations around the world using more or less the same technique to more or less the same effect. But like the others, it is an exceptionally creative composite made by an extremely clever photographer.

What you’re looking at is one of Stephen’s day-to-night images, for which he carefully chooses locations and vantage points, gets the required permissions to access and occupy those vantage points and then, for anywhere from 24 to 36 hours, takes pictures—a lot of them. For this image of 36 hours in the Bella Coola Valley of British Columbia, he took 4,000 photographs, ultimately selecting 50 from which to make the composite.

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