Photography and Time – Fong Qi Wei, Time is a Dimension


Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei, is one of the photographers I have come across during my research into how photography and time can be conceptualised. 

Wei says about his work – “Most paintings and photographs are an instance of time,”  “That’s not the way the world works. We experience a sequence of time, and that’s why a video is somehow more compelling than a freeze frame.”

In his images, Wei captures a period of time in a single composite image made up from a series of images taken of the same subject matter, by shooting at various points in the day (sunsets and sunrises) Wei has been able to create an image that depicts a day unfolding… Wei’s approach to capturing the evolution of time in a narrative form in a single image is a similar notion to how I would like to achieve the passing of time through time-lapse, a single activity in progress, but shown in high speed.


 Time is a Dimension Fong Qi Wei

A plane flies over the Changi Beach dock in Singapore in the early morning.


People walk along the Changi Beach as the sun sets.


The Fullerton Bay Hotel comes alive at night in Wei's compilation photograph.


A gorgeous Heliconia tropical plant stands still as time surges around it.


Stacked circles show the passing of time over Singapore's China town.


Families sit down for dinner as the sun sets over a Singapore housing development.


Fireworks light up the night at the Singapore National Day Parade 2013.


Banners cross the sky and the city lights up during the Singapore National Day Parade 2013.


The sun sets over one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore — the Tiong Bahru Estate.


A glass building mirrors the sky in Singapore as the sun goes down over the city.


Night radiates from this image of Bukit Gombak, Singapore.


Day turns to night while people fly kites at the Marina Barage in Singapore.


Boats float in the marina and buildings light up as night falls over downtown Singapore.



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