Using an open shutter camera, a German photographer shows large spans of time and activity in one image.

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.

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