Artist Qi Wei Fong creates 4th dimension art by compiling the same image in different lights together into GIFs.
The GIF is a unique art form in and of itself. Able to portray a range of motion impossible in a photo while still more compact than a full video. Still, GIFs are typically used on the web to express reaction or to share a funny clip with others. Artist Qi Wei Fong used the medium to portray a range of light on some of the most beautiful cityscapes and landscapes.
Time in Motion, as the collection is called, uses GIFs in order to show the passage of time in different areas for 2 to 4 hours. Fong chose locations in China, Indonesia, and Bali, and then compiled the images together in geometric shapes. In this way, Fong could represent that subtle passage of time from light to darkness in the same image.
Fong wanted to push past the boundaries of his chosen medium with this new collection, showing his audience time as it really is, and not merely what can be gleaned from a single still:
Photographic prints are great because they don’t need power to be displayed. They are more or less permanent. Videos are great because they record a sequence of time which shows reality almost like how we experience. Is it possible to combine the two? And not via long exposure photography where often details are lost from motion.
So I played around with the tools of digital photography and post processing to give you this series: Time is a dimension.
This collection could inspire artists to use the GIF as more than just the go-to format to send clips of funny cats.