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Brief Published: 18 Oct 2012

Jay Mark Johnson: Time-Lapse Photography


California-based artist Jay Mark Johnson uses a slit camera to create abstract panoramic photographs that translate motion into sweeping bands of colour.

He discovered the technique after experimenting with an $85,000 rotating slit-scan camera, which records vast landscapes in high resolution, splice by splice. By stopping the rotation and isolating a subject from the background, the camera creates a new perspective.

The photographic method records line after line of the moving scene, emphasising time over space. An object taking a long time to pass the lens appears stretched in a series of stripes, whereas a fast-moving object appears whole. This means that the subject’s width corresponds to its movement, rather than its distance or size.

The aesthetic chimes with our Spring/Summer 2014 Motion Colour concept, which explores how digital manipulation is capturing movement and time through the creation of contrasting patterns and colours.

Jay Mark Johnson


Art & Design