Photographing Time – Artist Jay Mark Johnson Captures the 4th Dimension

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind…”

So began every episode for the famous Twilight Zone series.

And so should a viewer be forewarned when gazing upon the surrealist images of Jay Mark Johnson. For these truly are an exploration into another dimension. [Now that you are forewarned, go ahead and browse through his work in the gallery above.]

Before you even go there: No, these are not photoshopped.

What Johnson has done is use a slit camera that captures a narrow vertical sliver of a scene. By snapping a sequence of shots through that slit and lining them all up together in chronological order, Johnson is left with a single piece that essentially depicts the passage of time as seen through that narrow slit. In this sense, each photograph is actually a composite of hundreds of very slim images.

Things get real interesting when an object or objects in motion — like crashing sea waves or a leaping dancer — is captured.

Groovy perspective, right?

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14 Responses to Photographing Time – Artist Jay Mark Johnson Captures the 4th Dimension

  1. Stian Ulriksen October 23, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Isn’t this what they do in horse races?

    • Andrew October 23, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      yeah and any race that requires a photo Finnish these are the photos

      • faisal October 24, 2012 at 7:16 am #

        Looks uber cool but not as detailed!

  2. Lindsay Branscombe October 23, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    im still a tad confused… is it multiple cameras? one camera moving? how fast does it move?

  3. Andrew October 23, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    its one camera capturing one vertical line of pixels with each photo and repeating the process thousand of times a second and then merging the images

  4. Michael Sullivan October 23, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    OK, I have my undergrad in Photography and cinematography, and reading about this on Wikipedia made my brain hurt. This guy is incredible.

  5. Fotograf Osnabrück October 23, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Extremly crazy ^^
    Why are these people so thin?
    But anyway, very nice. Someting ne for me.

  6. Scott Martin October 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    FWIW, Ansen Seale pioneered this type of artwork over a decades ago. Gotta give credit where credit is due. http://ansenseale.com

  7. Massimo October 30, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    This is also what a scanner does, basically. Nice idea, and mesmerising photos!

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    When i retire I’d adore to move to Hawaii.

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