Fong Qi Wei is a super-talented photographer from Singapore who happens to have combined two of our favorite things: time lapses and GIFs. (Oh yeah, and cities. Three favorite things.) The artist captured China, Indonesia, and Bali over a several-hour period, usually sunset, and then spliced the photos together to create beautiful animated images:
This is a follow up to my previous series Time is a Dimension (TIAD). In TIAD, I spliced different time slices into a single print. That was to work within the nature of a physical print. However, in this set of manipulations…I use the GIF format (don’t ask me how it is to be pronounced!) to create a looping animation that shows a single landscape / seascape but with a constant shimmer of time.
It took Wei about four months to create the images. They aren’t always stitched together chronologically, which creates a mesmerizing, flickering effect. Somebody brew more coffee, because now we want to stay up all night and just stare at a city skyline.
Mesmerizing GIFs Show Cities Passing From Day to Night, Wired.