In today’s digital age, it takes fractions of a second to snap a picture and capture a moment. But that is too quick for photographer Michael Weseley.
The German-based artist likes to use extremely long exposures in his work, capturing a place over time rather than a place at a specific time. Extremely long exposure is no exaggeration either, as it takes him 2-3 years to take a single picture. The result, though, is hard to argue with.
Using special filters, small apertures, an open shutter camera, and a lot of patience, Weseley has been capturing urban development and building projects since the mid-1990s. By fitting years worth of visuals into a single frame, the creation is truly unique.
His latest project, ‘Open Shutter,’ captured the Museum of Modern Art’s extensive renovation in the early 2000s. While the thought of capturing a 2-3 year urban development project in a single photograph sounds mind-boggling, Weseley has set his sights even higher.
Weseley intends to hone the technique in order to create exposures that are even longer, ranging from 10-40 years in a single photograph. It’s difficult to wrap your head around an idea like that when so much can change in even 2-3 years.
Check out the gallery below for more amazing photographs, and visit his website to learn more.