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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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