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Extraordinary day to night photography

By Benjie Moss | Inspiration | Nov 15, 2012

Our lives, particularly within the urban environment, are governed by light; half natural, half artificial. Light is enticing; promising excitement, safety, community.

Light is also the most basic medium for all visual artists, the waves without which we couldn’t experience their work. Whilst sculpture, film and even some  aspects of painting can be experienced without sight, photography is entirely dependent on it.

The interesting qualities of light have always fascinated artists as this extraordinary series of shots by Stephen Wilkes attests.

Shot at both night and day, the images have been digitally manipulated to combine different times, creating a remarkable sense of distance verging on the voyeuristic. They are most reminiscent of photographs taken of the earth from orbit, showing the edge of the day, and highlight the remarkable change that occurs throughout a 24 hour period.

Coney Island

Coney Island

 

Washington Square Park, NYC

Washington Square Park, NYC

 

The Flatiron, NYC

The Flatiron, NYC

 

Gramercy Park, NYC

Gramercy Park, NYC

 

NYC Library, NYC

NYC Library, NYC

 

The Highline, NYC

The Highline, NYC

 

Times Square, NYC

Times Square, NYC

 

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

 

Park Avenue, NYC

Park Avenue, NYC

 

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

 

Central Park, NYC

Central Park, NYC

 

Times Square, New Year's Eve, NYC

Times Square, New Year’s Eve, NYC

 

When do you enjoy the city most, night or day? When’s the best time for photography? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • http://rolling-webdesign.com/ Theo

    Amazing shots, i never saw something like this, great!

  • steve w

    Easy to do in Photoshop if you don’t move your camera/tripod setup for several hours between takes.

    • http://www.blackbookoperations.com/ Black Book Operations

      Everything is easy when you know how to ;) but as stated, one has to spend some hours guarding the damn tripod in this case, to even make it a bit easier ;)

      • http://www.weboutsourcing-gateway.com/ Jovy

        yup. exactly. it needs hours of guarding. but it’s worth it? right. Especially if you are really good at Photoshop.

      • http://www.blackbookoperations.com/ Black Book Operations

        Problem with these things, it has to be quite right from the start. Learning curve is quite steep “timewise” this way ;) Either way, they have some great results here, very inspiring too

  • http://www.blackbookoperations.com/ Black Book Operations

    Great concept, very nice results, I would like to see picture of the twilight zone with a very long exposure as well though, must give a very eerie feeling to the pic ;) either way, very nice series these, whether or not they were easy to create, it took a couple of hours of fiddling nonetheless I suppose.

  • Aj Aviado

    these are amazing :)