Photographer Stephen Wilkes captures the transition of time with his “Day to Night” project


posted Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 6:00 AM EST


Fine art photographer Stephen Wilkes' work has been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and more. He has taken on many projects throughout his career, but his latest work has been the Day to Night project, which he began in 2009.

Day to Night is a body of work that includes images captured throughout the world, from vast landscapes to bustling cities. What sets these images apart from your typical scenery shots is that they are captured from a single angle over the course of approximately 15 hours. Wilkes then selects a group of images from the duration of the shoot and blends them into a single image.

The images showcase a scene transforming over the course of the day. A single image requires considerable work on Wilkes' part, taking multiple months to develop the final image.

Wilkes' Day to Night project is currently on exhibit at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City. The exhibit started on November 5th and continues until January 9th. This exhibit is Wilkes' first with the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.


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The National Geographic Society has given Wilkes a grant to capture Day to Night images at various American National Parks. The January 2016 issue of National Geographic will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and will feature Wilkes' images.

Wilkes' work will be on exhibit in New York City again next summer at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the "Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History" exhibit.

Make sure to check out Wilkes' site and follow his Instagram to see more. 

(Index image: Serengeti National Park, Tanazia, 2015)