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Time in Motion: Dawn to Dusk Shimmers in Animated Layered Landscapes

By Hanssie on October 10th 2014

Everyone has 24 hours in a day to spend of our choosing. For some, it feels like a rushed frenzy of activity with not enough hours to complete all the tasks that need to be done. For others, it may drag on endlessly, with no purpose, a mindless wander in the desert like the Israelites looking for the promised land.


For me, the days feel like a frenzy, the frenetic pace of trying to do everything I have to do and squeeze in some of the things I want to and make some time to greet each sunrise and bid adieu the sunset. This feeling of passing time is so wonderfully illustrated by photographer Fong Qi Wei in his series, Time in Motion. Time in Motion is a followup of Wei’s previous series, Time in Dimension where he time-sliced numerous images of landscapes/cityscapes around Shanghai into a single print. In this series, Wei features dozens of individual images looped together into a gif that shows the shimmery movement of a day.



The images were created by taking numerous photos at the exact same spot at various times of the day. He then stitched the individual frames together into time slices and animates them into what you see below. As he warns on his site, “the following GIFs flicker, so he does not hold responsibility for any adverse health effects by staring at it for prolonged periods of time.”

But I cannot help it, they are truly mesmerizing.

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You can see many more of these amazing images on Fong Qi Wei’s website here. For all inquiries regarding owning prints or collaborations contact

CREDITS: All photographs by Fong Qi Wei 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. Zeb Yap-Chung

    Tutorial please!!!!!

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  2. Hannes Nitzsche

    neat idea! I think it’s cool how people can still come up with so much creative stuff, even tho the market is already so flooded… well done and thanks for sharing!!! :)

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  3. Peter McWade

    Last two are awesome. The building is best. The first two are not so eye catching but unique. Very unique technique. :)

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  4. Peter Nord

    It isn’t often that someone finds a unique way to make a photograph.

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  5. Rui Pinto

    Stunning. Just….stunning!

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  6. Daniel Thullen

    I like the second to the last one where its on the side of the building the best!

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    • Hanssie

      That one is my favorite as well! There are a few on his site that wouldn’t load here for me that I also loved! Check those out too!

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  7. Ipek Amdahl

    Mesmerizing is the perfect word choice!

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