Every aspect of our world is moving at its own unique pace. Beyond the constant movement of our society with people in transit, nature displays its own surprising range of pace as well—from changes in weather and light to the endless progression of time. Within a matter of just seconds, a scene in nature can transform, as if the world is constantly painting a picture right before us. Because nature moves in a variety of speeds, the accumulation of time only helps to accentuate the fact that our landscape is in an endless state of change. Nature tends to unfold at a much slower pace than people can easily perceive, so even minor changes can have a long-term impact that reach beyond an individual’s relative understanding of time. This idea of identifying short-term changes in our natural landscape becomes problematic when photographers seem so often to be bound by making a photograph embody a single, fleeting moment.
These works are an attempt to construct a new way to visualize time in our natural world. The pictures in this series are each composed of three separate photographs which are manually merged by color channel in Photoshop to form these composite images. While this series references a sequence of time, it also embodies the sum of it. Through the use of separating color and combining sequences, the impact of air and the atmosphere on our surroundings come together in a way that alters our physical understanding of time, and highlights the simplest changes in our natural world to create something from what appears to be nothing. We know, though, that as our world grows, deteriorates and changes, that nothing truly comes from nothing.