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‘Textures of Time’ Examines the Effects on the Passing of Time in the Natural World

By Hanssie on July 31st 2014

The ebb and flow of time seems to accelerate the older you get. What once were the long days of summer that dragged on and on until your bored adolescent self was almost happy that a near school year was around the corner, now seems to speed by before you can bat an eyelash. The years roll by faster and faster until suddenly you find yourself looking back on your life and wonder, how did I get here?


Time, it is a fragile and tenuous commodity that is of limited supply for each person and thing. As each season passes, the transitory nature of time can be seen in the world around us. Such is the theme of the series, ‘Textures of Time’ by French photographer Julian Palast.

Using elements of the natural world, Palast examines the transformation of basic substances, from ice to water, seedlings to dying leaves, fire and smoke. Each of the 12 pieces in the series form a stark reminder of ever changing nature. The simplicity and detail of each image, pitted against a black background brings beauty in the ordinary, the almost mundane day-to-day processes that remain unseen in the fleeting life around us. Palast’s series causes viewers to pause and savor each dramatic texture.


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To see more of Julien Palasts’ work, please visit his website and Facebook.

CREDITS: All photographs shared by Julien Palast are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Michael Moe

    i love this pictures!!!!

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  2. Austin Swenson

    I like the whole set, but that one with the dried up dirt clogs is probable the best.

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  3. Brandon Dewey

    I love the images!

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  4. David Pickering

    Some great images here, my favourite being the block of wood in flames but that might have something to do with my slight pyromania tendencies ;0)

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  5. Kim Farrelly

    Great set of images there Hanssie, lovely statement on life

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    • Hanssie

      Thanks Kim! I thought the images were striking. The statement, just feeling introspective I suppose :)

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  6. Raoni Franco

    Sorry, but I find kindda ridiculous the theorical justification for the images, as I almost always do. Makes the role thing a pretentious exercise, adding some kind of dishonest and unnecessary value to it. The images are great, I would gladly hang some of these on my walls. I like the framing a lot, with the black borders isolating the information, making it whole without the need for further context. It plays a interesting game between my eyes and brain.

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