See 14,000 photographs in 8 minutes. Locations include Canberra, Sydney and the Milky Way Galaxy.
This was a project I completed in 2007 for the National Photography Festival “Vivid”, shown at the Huw Davies Gallery in Manuka, Canberra, Australia.
When you think about it, time is only a concept of measurement to help us make sense of the world. ‘Time is
neither an event nor a thing’ according to Liebniz and Kant. We as humans can only understand time by
referencing it to regular events or intervals. Einstein said ‘Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from
happening at once.’
We have always linked time with the motions of the sun and the moon, throughout humanity’s existence. Take
a minute, then, to imagine the world if time as we know it now in real time, at two times that speed. What if
events in the universe occurred at twice the speed? What if the Earth rotated twice as fast and circled the Sun
in six months? Would a day still be 24 hours, with the hour becoming 30 minutes as we know it, or would it just
be 12 hours? Would a year still be 365 (short) days, or 182.5 days? What would life look like to live it in
constant fast-forward? How much would we eat? How much would we sleep? Would we develop an increased
level of awareness? What would a tennis match look like? What effect would this have on fundamental
constants such as gravity and light? What would be the duration of an 8 x 5 working week? Would our life
expectancy be 80 years, 160 years, or 40 years due to the hectic pace? Would we have even evolved into
intelligent beings? Essentially, what would the universe look like if time was compressed?
These are the questions that Compressed was derived from. Now, take these questions and try to imagine the
world at 4 x or 16 x or 50 x or 1000 x that speed. The project aims to explore the notion of compressing time,
and how that concept might appear to us when viewed in real time.