Stunning ‘time-slice’ photos capture global landmarks from sunrise to sunset
Photographer Richard Silver spends his time touring the world’s most famous landmarks, shooting images from the most tranquil hour of sunrise to the dying moments of sunset. In his ongoing photo series, Time Sliced, he sets out to capture the fleeting beauty of day-to-night transitions, splicing 36 photos from throughout the day together to form a single image.
Silver shoots with a Nikon D800 and a tripod. He spends only a day or two at a location. He shoots just as the sun rises and then again from the same spot 45 minutes before sunset, just as the sky turns to deep blue. He doesn’t, as often assumed, take his photos throughout the whole day -
"people have misquoted me! I would say I work for about one hour and a half from start to finish."
Silver’s photographs only work when the weather cooperates with him. His photos are the product of a somewhat collaborative effort, where nature has an equal stake in how things turn out.
"As a photographer and traveler, the only thing that can ruin my day is rain! On light cloudy days there’s no colour change so I can’t do the slicing"
Silver is nostalgic for a time when photographs were more than pixels on a screen -
"Computers and monitors give a totally different texture to photography, it’s not the same. The goal is to print my images for people."
He argues the tangibility of the printed photo, with its potential matte and glossy finishes, add an additional dimension to the viewing experience. Whether or not you think he is right about that, his work stands on it’s own merit, on screen or in print.