We’ve all heard of 365 day photography projects. One of our guest writers, Steve Crandall, even wrote about one yesterday. I bet you’ve never seen a 365 day photography project like this before though. This blows my mind! It’s not even so much about the photograph. It’s more about the commitment and dedication of the photographer.
On January 1, 2011, Michael Chrisman set up a pinhole camera, outside, so it pointed at the Toronto skyline. We all know that pinhole cameras typically have a long exposure time, but this was an exposure that lasted 365 days. Michael knew that by putting a camera outside for a whole year, all kinds of unexpected things could happen (like the camera itself could simply be gone one day when he returned), and he was okay with whatever the outcome was.
On January 1, 2012, he was ready to finally see the results of his little experiment, which you can see below in digital format. It’s like a time-lapse painting. To Michael, the most interesting part of this photograph is the “trails left by the sun as it moves through the sky both throughout the day and as the seasons change.” You can read all the photography details about this over on The Star. This is extraordinary to me! What a unique photographic perspective.